Dipoto nearing seventh trade of the season
Jay Bruce may have played his last game for the Mariners
June 1, 2019
Outfielder/first-baseman Jay Bruce may be headed to Philadelphia. According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, the Mariners and Phillies have been discussing a trade of Bruce; Passan had indicated the deal would be completed this weekend, but more recently has amended his report to say that nothing has been formally agreed to.
Bruce has a no-trade clause in his contract, but has reportedly agreed to waive it to go to Philadelphia.
So far, there has been no report on what kind of return the Mariners will get in this trade, but it will likely be a single minor-league prospect. One report suggested that the Phillies would be assuming most, but not all, of Bruce's remaining contract obligations—he is signed through 2020 at $14M per season.
The Phillies are in need of help off the bench and in their everyday outfield following an ugly incident with regular center fielder Odubel Herrera. Herrera is currently on administrative leave while Major League Baseball investigates his arrest last Monday for assaulting his girlfriend; MLB does not have a set policy regarding domestic violence cases, as few cases are identical in their details, and Herrera's ultimate fate with the Phillies remains uncertain. The Commissioner's Office will likely hand down a suspension of some kind once their investigation is completed.
Save for his 14 home runs, Bruce's overall numbers are not that impressive this season, but he has been on a hot streak of late—over his last ten games, Bruce is batting .294/.359/.618. He hit his 300th career home run last night vs. the Angels.
It's not surprise that Bruce finds himself in trade talks, as when he was first acquired as part of the Robinson Canó/Edwin Díaz trade with the Mets last fall it was presumed he would be flipped elsewhere before too long. If the trade does happen, it will be the fourth time Bruce has been traded in his career. "This is what you sign up for," Bruce said of the rumors. "I’ll wait and see. I have no news, honestly. Nothing to speak on other than what has been put out on the Internet. Obviously, the rumors from Philly probably come from the fact of the Herrera situation. We’ll see."