Jay Bruce did bounce back from an awful 2014 season, but he was still a good distance from returning to top form. During a season in which home runs made a big comeback, Bruce fell short of the 30-homer mark again, notching just 26. That was particularly disappointing, because he posted his highest flyball rate in three seasons, and that played a role in his lowly .226 batting average. Bruce's poor 2014 numbers could be chalked up to his recovery from knee surgery, but 2015's modest rebound is harder to explain. Yet for all his recent shortcomings, Bruce is still a top 50 outfielder, even if he doesn't fully recover his previous value.
The Reds have made it clear that nearly everyone on the team is available in trade talks, including Bruce. Bruce has a limited no-trade clause, including a number of big-market teams. Potential acquiring teams will need to address whether his low batting averages the last two seasons are part of the new norm in today's game and whether they're ok with that if that's the case.
Reds outfielder Jay Bruce went 1 for 3 with a solo homer and two walks in Friday's win over the Brewers. Hits have come few and far between lately for Bruce. However, despite hitting just .188 over the past month, he's managed to drive in 16 RBI and score 19 runs. He ranks fifth among outfielders with 38 RBI since the All-Star break. Whether or not he deserves starts in the fantasy playoffs depends on whether owners are willing to look past a poor average and on-base percentage in exchange for run production.
Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Dodgers. Bruce had started each of the past 21 games for the Reds, but has really struggled lately. He has just four hits in his last 44 at-bats, with 13 strikeouts and just two walks over that stretch. So, with the Reds facing a left-hander on Saturday, Bruce will catch a breather. Marlon Byrd will slide over to right field while Ivan De Jesus plays left field.
Bryan Price has declared that absence of Reds right fielder Jay Bruce from the lineup for the Friday night game against Pittsburgh and is no indication of an impending trade, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. That would be a bit of a coincidence - Bruce has been out of the lineup just once since June 26. He has hit safely in six of his last seven games.
The Mets are hoping to swing a trade for Reds outfielder Jay Bruce prior to this week's non-waivers trade deadline. According to a report by MLB.com, the Mets have been scouting Bruce "heavily" in recent days.
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