In the latest MLB breaking news, the New York Yankees have signed veteran outfielder Jay Bruce to a MiLB deal. According to Ken Rosenthal, Bruce will earn $1.35 million if he can make the team, plus $50k in incentives if he can make over 400 plate appearances this season. This deal would include an invite to Spring Training.
MLB Breaking News: Jay Bruce Signs MiLB Deal With Yankees
MLB Breaking News
In a lineup that is already flooded with outfielders, the Yankees can add the left-handed bat of Bruce in a lineup that is already heavy with right-handed hitters. Bruce will bring a different dynamic to this lineup if he can make the team. During his career, Bruce has played in the league for 13 years, with nine of those being with the Cincinnati Reds. Bruce has spent the last two seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Over the past two seasons, Bruce has played in 83 games, with a .212 batting average and 18 home runs. In 2020, a quad injury limited Bruce to just 32 games. Injuries aside, Bruce comes to the American League where the DH is in place, which might help him land a roster spot with the Yankees.
With Bruce signing a MiLB deal, this still leaves room for the Yankees to go out and re-sign Brett Gardener. Gardner has spent his entire thirteen-year career with the Yankees and is the last remaining player from their 2009 World Series Championship team.
At age 37, the Yankees would still be inclined to go a different route if they chose not to re-sign Gardner even if Bruce can make the team. Gardner, who is beloved by the fans in New York, would love to finish out his career as a Yankee, but only time will tell if General Manager Brian Cashman would want to make that move.
MLB Breaking News: Final Thoughts
With Yankees signing Bruce to a Minor League deal, the Yankees would be getting a veteran outfielder who can play various positions such as rightfield and first base. The left-handed bat of Bruce would fit in nicely with the Yankees if he can make the roster.
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