Bruce will head from the Mets to the Mariners along with Anthony Swarzak, Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn and Gerson Bautista in exchange for Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano and cash considerations once all physicals have been completed Monday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. A three-time All-Star, Bruce has fallen off recently to the point that he's primarily salary filler in this trade, as he hit just .223/.310/.370 last season while battling back and hip injuries. There's a chance that a return to health could see him get back to the decent form he showed in 2016 and 2017, when he hit at least .250 with at least 33 homers in each season, but he'll be 32 years old in early April, so a continued decline wouldn't be unexpected. Fortunately for Bruce, the Mariners do not have many quality young players to push him for playing time, so he should be given regular at-bats while hitting in the middle of the lineup, at least in the early going.
Bruce is out of the lineup against the Braves on Wednesday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Bruce will take a seat following seven straight starts, during which he's gone 7-for-26 (.269 average) with one home run and six RBI. In his absence, Austin Jackson will draw a start in the outfield.
Bruce went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two walks Thursday against the Nationals. Bruce teamed up with Michael Conforto to take Max Scherzer deep on back-back shots in the third inning to give the Mets a 3-0 lead. He now has nine homers on the season, including three in his past nine games. Though he's battled injuries for much of the season, Bruce has proven he can still be productive with three big performances -- two four-RBI games -- since September 12.
Bruce went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run and four RBI in Friday's 8-0 win over the Red Sox. The veteran slugger is putting together a nice power surge to end an injury-plagued season, going 10-for-37 (.270) through 11 games in September with two doubles, four homers and 12 RBI. Bruce still only has a .224/.304/.379 slash line with eight home runs through 80 games on the year, and barring a miraculous finish he'll fail to reach the 20-HR mark for only the second time in his career.
Bruce is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Marlins, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Bruce will give way to Dominic Smith at first base for the second half of Thursday's doubleheader after going hitless in four at-bats during Game 1.