OF/1B JAY BRUCE
Paired with Swarzak in the Robinson Canó portion of the Mariners and Mets’ blockbuster deal, Jay Bruce may be the most interesting veteran on Seattle’s roster as of now. Quietly, Bruce was a force of nature in 2016 and 2017, hitting 69 home runs and 200 RBI combined over the two seasons.
But alike Swarzak, Bruce dealt with injuries for most of 2018 and saw his production significantly decline. In 361 plate appearances, Bruce slashed .223/.310/.370 with 9 home runs, the lowest power numbers of his career by far. Given the circumstances, it’s hard to think that this is who Bruce is now.
With an offseason worth of rehab, Bruce should be able to get back to being the player he’s been for most of the late 2010s. If the power numbers rise, he’s able to hit in the .240-.250 range, and get on-base in the .325-.335 range, the Mariners may be able to flip him for something decent in July. Of course, Bruce is under contract through the 2020 season at a $13 million AAV, so Seattle may have to fork over some dollars to maximize their return.
Potential destinations this Winter: Blue Jays, Indians, Twins
Prediction: Traded in July or August.