Sports Should the Blue Jays have acquired Jay Bruce?

06:50  14 april  2017
06:50  14 april  2017 Source:   theScore

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Bruce - who struggled with the Mets after being acquired from the Cincinnati Reds at the 2016 trade deadline - has flourished in the early going. So, the question was bound to come up. Should the Blue Jays have pulled the trigger on a trade for Bruce when they had the opportunity?

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It's panic-button time, and it's still only the second week of the season.

The Toronto Blue Jays have been unable to find a way to get hits, evidenced by a league-worst .190 team batting average. Not only that, but the team's four home runs are the fewest in the majors.

A familiar name has four home runs all his own. That man is New York Mets outfielder Jay Bruce. Bruce - who struggled with the Mets after being acquired from the Cincinnati Reds at the 2016 trade deadline - has flourished in the early going. He's slashing .273/.385/.667 with those four home runs and more walks than strikeouts.

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If the Jays were to acquire Bruce , he would likely play mostly left field, with Jose Bautista in right. He consistently accumulates 300 PO every season . In fact, statistically, Jay Bruce should ’ve won the RF gold glove award in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Indians Acquire Jay Bruce . By Jeff Todd | August 9, 2017 at 8:48pm CDT. Jay Bruce had a limited no-trade clause, with the Yankees on his list, so I’d think that definitely played a factor in this. Yanks can offer the moon but if JB is just gonna veto the trade, why should Sandy bother?

Meanwhile, no Blue Jays outfielder has a home run, not even Jose Bautista. In fact, Toronto's outfielders have combined for a total of two extra-base hits in eight games. This comes after the team released struggling left-fielder Melvin Upton Jr. without seeking a replacement.

So, the question was bound to come up. Should the Blue Jays have pulled the trigger on a trade for Bruce when they had the opportunity? A deal was agreed upon in 2016 that would have sent Bruce to Toronto with then-Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders being a moving part and the Los Angeles Angels being a third partner. A failed physical by a Blue Jays minor-leaguer put a stop to the deal.

Saunders is no longer on the team and was an even bigger non-factor in the second half than Bruce was with the Mets. The price wasn't bad, but someone failed a physical. The Blue Jays apparently revisited the prospect of acquiring Bruce in the offseason, but nothing materialized.

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As far as what the Mets could get in exchange from the Blue Jays for Bruce , it’s possible they’d prefer a prospect or two instead of a player off the big league roster. That would allow for some salary relief should they need it.

Maybe Bruce isn't the answer in Toronto, because fixing the mess in that outfield could be a larger problem than the acquisition of a single player, and a one-dimensional player at that, actually addresses. Still, a left-handed power bat who can feasibly play the outfield and occasionally DH is exactly what the Blue Jays need.

Despite being linked to Josh Reddick, Angel Pagan, Dexter Fowler, and a potential reunion with Melky Cabrera, the Blue Jays did nothing to address the outfield beyond re-signing Bautista, expanding playing time for utility outfielder Ezequiel Carrera, and giving outfield reps to newly acquired Steve Pearce, who has split his time between infield and outfield for his career.

Chalk it up to stubbornness, bad luck, or an inflated belief in the roster's present talent, but at 1-7 the Blue Jays need to fix things quickly. It's a long season, but if they miss the postseason by only a single game, any of the team's six losses of two runs or fewer in the early going could have been turned by one swing of Bruce's bat.

Obviously, you can't guarantee Bruce would have done as well in a different situation on another team, but it's easy to think the grass is greener when the struggles are as palpable as they've been in Toronto so far.

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