Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
I’m a little confused here. Why is uber-rock group Cream’s bass player, Jack Bruce, doing on the roster when he died in 2014 at the age of 71.
Bruce was a great bassist who… err… what? It wasn’t Jack Bruce? It was JAY Bruce… ?
First some bio – Jay Bruce came out of West Brook High School, in Beaumont, Texas, and was drafted as the 12th person overall in the 2005 draft. He passed on a full ride at Tulane and joined the Cincinnati GCL team (122-AB, .270).
Bruce has developed into an RBI machine… 97 in 2011… 99 in 2012… 109 in 2013… and 99 last year combined with the Reds and Mets.
He was named to the all-star team last year (still looking for a problem here) and was traded to the Mets on August 1st for 2B Dilson Herrera (2016: AAA-Mets, .276… AAA-Reds, .266) and P Max Wotell (rookie-Mets, 6-starts, 3.94… rookie-Reds, 3-starts, 15.00).
Lastly, the cost for an all-star outfielder, that was leading the league in RBIs at the time of the trade (still looking…), was totally in line. The Mets now have decided to renew their deal with Bruce and pay him, what I feel is, a modest $13mil for the 2017 season.
Opinion – Okay, so this guy is never going to win a Golden Glove and he doesn’t run like a gazelle (he’s faster than Brandon Nimmo). And yes, he did start his Mets career sort of in a fog. But let’s judge the guy over the entire season. Rotowire rates his 2016 .250 batting average as ‘weak’, but also rates his .506 slugging percentage as ‘great’ and his ISO as ‘Elite’. Don’t you want an elite outfielder on your team?
I’m sticking with Bruce as my right fielder until my phone rings and a better option is offered.