Phillies Rumors: Team Interested In Mets Outfielder Jay Bruce?

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Aug 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) singles against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) singles against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 30, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits an RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /

Bruce would provide the Phillies with consistent left handed power.

The Phillies have a need for power in the middle of the lineup. Any power would be welcomed, but some left handed punch could have a greater impact on the teams lineup.

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  • This would be the name of Bruce’s offensive game.

    Since 2010, Bruce has averaged 152 games played a season, slashing .249/.320/.469 (.789 OPS), while averaging 28 HR and 90 RBI per season over this stretch as well.

    Bruce has flaws, sure. His .045 BB/K percentage over that span is less than ideal, and his career numbers versus left handed pitching (.226/.292/.411) aren’t great. But the guy plays every day and provides legitimate pop consistently.

    He can sit pretty in the cleanup spot, providing some serious power balance with Maikel Franco and Tommy Joseph in the heart of the order.

    The team could even sit Bruce against lefties if the matchup calls for it.

    Offensively, Bruce is a fit.

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