The Toronto Blue Jays are reportedly involved in negotiations for a potential three-team trade that would net the club outfielder Jay Bruce from the Cincinnati Reds, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Heyman reports the proposed deal would see the Blue Jays trade Michael Saunders to the Los Angeles Angels. It’s unclear what the Reds would receive in exchange for Bruce, who reportedly removed the Blue Jays from his eight-team no trade list earlier this winter.
Bruce, 28, regained his power stroke in 2015, one year removed from an injury-plagued campaign that resulted in the fewest home runs of his career.
The left-handed hitting slugger rebounded to hit 26 homers and 35 doubles in 157 games, but managed a below league average OPS+ (97) for the second straight season. He’s owed $12.5 million next season, and carries a 2017 team option valued at $13 million.
Heyman’s report follows comments made Monday by Jose Bautista, who said he’s not willing to discuss an extension with the Blue Jays unless they meet the contract demands his set forth earlier this month.
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