Report: Phillies complete deal for Jay Bruce

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s MLB Insider Jim Salisbury, the reported deal with the Seattle Mariners is now completed. Jay Bruce is the newest member of the Phillies.

On Saturday, news broke that the two teams were working on a deal. It’s not clear what is going back to the Mariners in this exchange at this time.

Former New York Mets outfielder Jay Bruce hits a solo home run against the Washington Nationals
Jay Bruce hits a solo home run against the Washington Nationals (Getty Images)

USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported that the Phillies will eat a significant part of Bruce’s deal. He is owed $21.5 million through the end of the 2020 season.

Bruce is expected to be a bench bat for the Phillies. However, he could potentially play against right handers in left field, as Andrew McCutchen moves to center field.

The 32-year-old Beaumont, Texas native had a .212 batting average with 14 home runs and 18 RBI’s in 47 games. He also has 11 doubles, while scoring 27 runs, in 165 at-bats.

This is Bruce’s second trade since Dec. 2018. He was traded by the New York Mets to the Mariners that also saw Gerson Bautista, Anthony Swarzak, along with prospects Justin Dunn and Jarred Kelenic entering the Mariners organization.

In exchange, Robinson Canó, Edwin Díaz, and Cash going to the Big Apple.

The Phillies now have a dilemma on their hands. The 25-year-old Galveston, Texas native has struggled this season — and likely lost his pinch-hitting role to Bruce.

Williams — who was drafted by the Rangers, but has spent the last three seasons with the Phillies — has a .159 batting average this season. He also has one home run and 4 RBI’s in 69 at-bats.

He also has two doubles on 11 hits, while scoring seven runs.

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