Mets' slugger Jay Bruce traded to Cleveland
The Mets traded outfielder Jay Bruce to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.
We've acquired minor league RHP Ryder Ryan from Cleveland in exchange for OF Jay Bruce. Ryan will be assigned to the Columbia Fireflies.— New York Mets (@Mets) August 10, 2017
Bruce was hitting .258 this season with 29 homes runs and an .847 OPS.
New York had acquired the longtime Cincinnati Red last year, but he struggled to hit immediately.
This year, however, Bruce was the Mets' best hitter after fellow
outfielder Michael Conforto.
But with New York more than ten games back of a playoff berth and looking toward 2018, the Mets placed Bruce on waivers earlier this week.
Ryan, who the Indians drafted in the 30th round of the 2016 MLB Draft, has a 4.79 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 33 games for Cleveland's A class team.