Jay Bruce seems to have overstayed his welcome in New York. Acquired in August for second base prospect Dilson Herrera, Bruce struggled in his second half stint and seems to be the odd man out going into 2017.

While the Mets may have missed gauged the market for power guys with high strikeouts, it is imperative that they find a team to take on his one year deal.Now, an argument could be made to keep Bruce in the final year of his contract and plant him in right field for 160 games, but with the emergence of

Now, an argument could be made to keep Bruce in the final year of his contract and plant him in right field for 160 games, but with the emergence of Michael Conforto and an already lefty-heavy lineup, both sides need a fresh start.

So here we stand and Jay Bruce is still a Met. There is a growing sense that Bruce will find his way to Port. St. Lucie considering there is little to no interest in the soon to be 30-year-old outfielder. With that being said, I think Sandy is playing it coy.There is a market for a proven power hitting corner outfielder on a one year flyer and whether that market means eating some of his $13 million contract, so be it.

There is a market for a proven power hitting corner outfielder on a one year flyer and whether that market means eating some of his $13 million contract, so be it.

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Teams that have been listed as interested or are in need of Bruce’s talents include: Orioles, Phillies, Blue Jays, Giants, Rangers & Reds.

Early in the offseason, the Mets were linked to the Orioles as a team interested in Bruce’s talents and the name Brad Brach was brought up consistently. This would be a homerun for Sandy. The Mets simply have to tweak this roster to accommodate another lefty reliever or two, but by adding someone of Brach’s caliber, we would be able to navigate the Familia suspension seamlessly.

Now that some time has passed, this trade seems more unlikely, but a trade with the Orioles is not out of the question. With Conforto needing an everyday role and our justified unwillingness to trade Granderson, Bruce has to go and it’s tough seeing a scenario where Bruce ends up on the opening day roster.

Spring Training will dictate his market as players get injured and free agents are signed. But one thing’s for sure; Bruce’s days as a Met will be short lived.

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