The Phillies have acquired slugging outfielder Jay Bruce from the Mariners, the team confirmed Sunday. The deal, which gives Philadelphia another outfield option and left-handed bat, was initially reported Saturday by ESPN's Jeff Passan. Seattle acquired minor league infielder Jake Scheiner for Bruce. The Mariners will also pay about $18 million remaining on Bruce's remaining contract, according to Matt Gelb of The Athletic.
Phillies will trade infielder Jake Scheiner to Seattle for Jay Bruce. They'll get about $18 million from Mariners.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) June 2, 2019
Bruce, 32, is batting .212/.283/.533 (117) for the Mariners this season with 14 home runs in 47 games. Bruce just recently notched the 300th home run of his career. He is owed the balance of a $14 million salary for this season and is under contract for 2020 at the same salary.
A potential alignment for the Phillies could see Bruce in left field against most right-handed pitching, with Andrew McCutchen shifting to center, where he's made 10 starts this year. In that scenario, McCutchen could move back to left field against lefties as well as whenever Bruce sits vs. righties, with Scott Kingery a right-handed option to play center against left-handed pitchers.
The Phillies will be the fifth team Bruce has suited up for over the last three seasons. Bruce, who spent parts of three seasons with the Mets and began his career with the Reds, has a .294/.354/.559 slash line in 38 career games at Citizens Bank Park.
Scheiner, 23, was hitting .256/.326/.353 in 44 games with High-A Clearwater this season. He was selected by the Phillies in the fourth round of the 2017 MLB Draft out of the University of Houston.