Mets bring back Bruce for 3 years, $39M

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The free-agent outfielder is set to return to the Big Apple after agreeing to a $39 million, three-year contract, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.

The Indians acquired Bruce from the Mets on August 9, one day after left fielder Michael Brantley suffered a sprained left ankle, for Lake County Captains relief pitcher Ryder Ryan. He hit.256 with 29 home runs and 75 RBI for the Mets last season. He was acquired from Cincinnati in 2016 and played 50 games for NY that season, followed by 103 games in 2017 before coming to the Tribe. Bruce had a WAR of 2.9 during this season.

Bruce displayed his usual lefthanded power bat before getting traded away last season.

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If you're able to give me one of those guys in a Mets uniform, I will be 100% more excited about the upcoming season.

Mets fans can breathe a sign of relief.

"Going into spring training with the Mets, we thought we were a World Series contender".

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It's weird to think about it this way, specially after the signing of Bruce, but if the Mets bring back Walker, and Reed, they are a better team than what they are right now and probably a better team than they were for the majority of 2017.

Jeurys Familia will hopefully stay healthy this year, and having guys like AJ Ramos, Jerry Blevins and the aforementioned Swarzak waiting in the wings makes the pen solid.

While robust for relievers, the free agent market this winter has been shockingly slow for other players. Though Mike Moustakas' name had surfaced in chatter last week, the Mets don't view the free-agent third baseman as a realistic possibility.

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The Giants have been tied to Pirates' outfielder Andrew McCutchen over the past several days, and general manager Bobby Evans could look to swing a trade for Pittsburgh's franchise cornerstone that would keep the Giants from taking on all $14.5 million McCutchen is owed in 2018.

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