ESPN The Cleveland Indians acquired veteran outfielder Jay Bruce from the New York Mets in a trade Wednesday night. The Indians have agreed to pick up the roughly $4.2 million that’s left of Bruce’s $13 million salary this season, a source confirmed. Minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan is headed to New York in the trade. Ryan, 22, was a 30th-round pick by Cleveland out of the University of North Carolina in the 2016 MLB first-year player draft. He’s 3-4 with a 4.79 ERA for Lake County in the Class A Midwest League this season. He has recorded six saves while appearing in 33 games — all in relief. Bruce, a three-time All-Star, is hitting .258 with 29 homers and 75 RBIs this year. He gives the Indians a corner outfielder and established bat to replace Michael Brantley, who went on the disabled list Monday with a sprained ankle. Lonnie Chisenhall has also been on the disabled list since early July with a strained calf.
The New York Mets were selling off their veteran bats, and the Cleveland Indians are in desperate need of veteran bats for their stretch run due to a recent rash of injuries, so in a deal that made sense for both teams the Mets shipped Jay Bruce to the Indians for minor league pitcher Ryan Ryder. I’ve never been the biggest Jay Bruce fan, some players are streaky and seem to go through cold streaks, Jay Bruce seems to have down years. However, this season Jay Bruce is absolutely mashing, he has 29 home runs and 75 RBIs and his power bat should fit in perfectly in the middle of the Indians already powerful lineup. Michael Brantley is hurt, Lonnie Chisenhall is hurt, the Indians need a bat and the addition of Bruce fills that need.