The Cleveland Indians are going for it this season. After making it all the way to Game 7 of the World Series last season, the Tribe and its fans are extremely eager to get back to the fall classic and bring home a championship. The Indians made that dream a bit more of a reality with the acquisition of OF Jay Bruce.
This week, the Cleveland Indians acquired Jay Bruce from the New York Mets in exchange for minor leaguer Ryder Ryan. This may turn out to be a steal for the Tribe because Ryan has not been performing well in the minor leagues. It is a bit surprising that the Mets didn’t ask for more regarding Bruce, considering he has 29 HR and 75 RBI’s on the year.
Jay Bruce brings a veteran presence to a very young ball club. His power should not be taken for granted, as he is definitely one of the most underrated players in the game. Bruce will fit nicely in the middle of the Tribe’s lineup, with the likes of slugger Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Brantley. Jay Bruce brings nothing but positive energy to a club that is hungry for more postseason action.
In a surprising turn of events, it was reported that the New York Yankees were actually in on Jay Bruce, however the New York Mets decided to make the deal with the Cleveland Indians because of the fact that they were willing to pick up all of Bruce’s remaining salary. The Yankees wanted the Mets to pay for some of his remaining contract, and that infuriated the front office in Queens. An executive from the Mets went on to claim that the Yankees were not willing to trade away some of their veterans last season, when they decided to sell. Many view this dialogue as a form of revenge on the Mets’ end, which I personally find unprofessional and not the way business should be handled.
For the Cleveland Indians, Jay Bruce is sure to provide a lot of offense as well as defense. Although Bruce isn’t as young as some of the young studs on the Tribe, his capability to shine should not be taken for granted. He can definitely be a difference maker for the Indians, and he could have very likely been the missing piece that the Indians so desperately needed.
The Indians have struggled as of late, as they are just 4-6 in their last 10 games. Part of that is due to bullpen issues and starting rotation struggles. If the offense can help carry the team, there shouldn’t be a problem making it to the postseason. Jay Bruce definitely seems to be a great fit for the Cleveland Indians, and it will certainly be interesting to see how for he, and the rest of the offense, can carry the Tribe deep into October.
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