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Palladino: Mets Cheaped Out On Bruce Trade, But Can Make Amends

August 11th, 2017 at 8:06 AM
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By Ernie Palladino
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Just when you thought the Mets were going to throw away the check ledger, they let money get in the way of a smarter deal for Jay Bruce.

It’s not the fact that they traded the veteran slugger to Cleveland, per se, that seems irksome. With the season having gone straight into the toilet, selling off their top power hitter to fortify the future made all the sense in the world. The presence of Bruce and his team-leading 29 homers and 75 RBIs had become immaterial, anyway, as the year’s sole interests turn to the comeback of Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey, and the promotion of slugging first baseman Dominic Smith.

Unloading Bruce for a minor-leaguer or two was a natural move.

Jay Bruce

Mets outfielder Jay Bruce launches a two-run home run during the eighth inning against the Phillies on April 10, 2017, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

The problem is that the Yankees had reportedly offered a better package than the Single-A infield convert the Mets got from the Indians. Their prospects, from a rich farm system, were presumably closer to the majors than Ryder Ryan is, …

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