NBC Sports Philadelphia is reporting that the Phillies and Mariners have agreed on a trade that will send slugger Jay Bruce to Philadelphia. The official deal hasn’t been announced because the Mariners are reportedly eating a chunk of Bruce’s remaining contract, which will need the approval of the commissioner’s office. Bruce is due approximately $9-million this season and $14-million next season prior to his contract ending.
Because the deal is being reviewed by the commissioner’s office, it’s not known who the Phillies will send to Seattle to complete the trade. It’s likely though that the more of Bruce’s contract that the Mariners agree to assume, the better the prospect or prospects will be that head to Seattle.
Providing the deal goes through, this will mark the fourth straight calendar year that Bruce has been traded. In 2016 he went from the reds to the Mets, who dealt him to Cleveland in 2017. He then returned to the Mets, who dealt him to Seattle in 2018.
Reporters in Seattle saying Jay Bruce is packing, getting ready to meet Phillies in San Diego.
— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) June 2, 2019
This season, Bruce has 14 home runs which brought him to an even 300 for his career. He’s batting just .212 in 47 games with the Mariners. He has struck out 53 times in 165 at-bats. The Phillies have had an interest in obtaining a left-handed power-hitting bat primarily to come off the bench and Bruce will fit that role for the team. This season he has played at first base and in both corner outfield positions.
The Cincinnati Reds drafted Bruce with the 12th overall pick in the 2005 Draft and he made his major league debut against the Pirates on May 27, 2008, going 3-for-3 with two RBI and a stolen base. Over 12 seasons, Bruce has played in 1,557 games and has a career line of 300-903-.246/.317/.468 with the Reds, Mets, Indians and Mariners.
Jay Bruce, on joining the #Phillies: “Obviously I’ve spent most of my career in the National League and multiple years in the NL East. I look forward to going over there and helping the Phillies hopefully win a championship. That’s my goal. I just want to win.” @GregJohnsMLB
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) June 2, 2019
The Phillies will need to clear a spot on both the 25 and 40-man rosters for Bruce, however, if any of the player(s) being sent to the Mariners are on the Phillies 40-man roster, a move there won’t be necessary.