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 25, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a single during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports /

Bruce is a powerful hitter, sure. But the Phillies would be getting a solid defender as well.

Bruce is by no means a Gold Glover. But he doesn’t kill you defensively. His -3.6 dWAR for his career is not pretty. But if you look deeper, he’s mostly been up-and-down overall.

He’s got a very good arm (86 career assist), and above average range (2.17 RF/9).

Bruce can be prone to the occasional blunder, but with a .984 fielding percentage for his career, he’s shown he’s far from a defensive killer and more than capable of holding his own.

Not to mention, the relief of playing next to a gold glove caliber center fielder in Odubel Herrera, Bruce would be just fine.

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