Free-agent outfielder Jay Bruce has reached agreement on a three-year, $39 million contract with the New York Mets. Bruce, 30, is a .249 career hitter with 277 home runs over 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, Mets and Cleveland Indians. He had received interest from the San Francisco Giants on the free-agent market before electing to return to New York. The Mets initially acquired Bruce from Cincinnati in August 2016, then traded him to Cleveland for minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan during the stretch drive last summer. Bruce’s deal is the second highest for a free-agent position player this offseason — trailing only first baseman Carlos Santana’s three-year, guaranteed $60 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.
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