With just a few hours remaining before the MLB trade deadline, the Cincinnati Reds have reportedly found a trading partner for Jay Bruce.
“I think it’s the Giants or the Mets,” USA Today MLB columnist and MLB Network insider Bob Nightengale said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “The Giants have been after him for a while. There’s a natural fit there. Even though they need more pitching, they’re still in love with Bruce. I like the Giants’ chances a little bit more than the Mets.”
The Giants (61-44) are tied with the Nationals (61-44) for the second-best record in the National League, while the Mets (54-50), with the third-worst offense in baseball, remain two-and-a-half games back of the Marlins (57-48) in the Wild Card standings.
Bruce, 29, is hitting .265 with 25 home runs and an NL-leading 80 RBIs this season. He has spent his entire nine-year career in Cincinnati and has hit 25+ home runs in six of the last seven seasons.
The Yankees, meanwhile, are trying to follow suit and deal 39-year-old Carlos Beltran to a contender.
“They’re definitely giving up on the season,” Nightengale said of New York. “No doubt about it. I think they’ve done well. I think it’s time. They weren’t going to go anywhere this year and they’re not going anywhere next year. You need to rebuild. We all see how it worked out for the Cubs and Astros and these teams, so I would think Carlos Beltran would be next. I would think he would get traded today as well. I really liked the deal with Cleveland. (Brian Cashman) got a few prized prospects in there (for Andrew Miller), got one last week from the Cubs, (Gleyber Torres), the shortstop. So I think it’s the right move for the Yankees.”
New York (52-52) trails Baltimore (59-45) by seven games in the AL East and the Red Sox (57-46) by five-and-a-half games in the AL Wild Card.