Jay Bruce back to Mets: Teammates are happy on Twitter

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The Mets acquired Bruce from the Reds in a midseason trade in 2016, but he initially struggled in the Big Apple, batting.219 with eight home runs in 50 games. To say Bruce's impact on the lineup was significant would be a massive understatement.

The Mets have reached a three-year deal worth $39 million with the free agent slugger, WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman reported.

The Mets had mulled holding onto Bruce and giving him a qualifying offer, but gambled and sent him to Cleveland for right-handed pitching prospect Ryder Ryan, a converted third baseman.

Listen along to the podcast and leave your thoughts in the comments. Adding another $30.5 million over the next two years in the form of Kipnis' contract might have forced the Mets to make a decision between him and Bruce. The deal is pending a physical. He was hitting.254 with 29 home runs and 75 RBI before being traded to the Indians. It's likely he will log innings in the outfield, but he's an insurance policy, of sorts, at first base if Dominic Smith continues his Major League Baseball woes.

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He had previously been subject to a nine-year driving ban and had at least 10 convictions for driving while disqualified. He also thanked the "saviours" who risked their lives to pull Annabelle and Jessica from the inferno.

The Mets have built a reputation of being run like a small-market club when it comes to spending money despite playing in the largest sports market in the United States.

"I'm happy", Mets ace Noah Syndergaard tweeted Wednesday night, with a "wackyBruce" hashtag.

The following offseason, many questioned whether the Texas native who had previously spent his entire professional career with the Reds could handle the NY spotlight.

Bruce is expected to start alongside Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto. Bruce liked the direction of the team under Mickey Callaway, their new manager.