After trading him mid-season to the Cleveland Indians, the New York Mets have signed free agent outfielder Jay Bruce to a three-year contract. They received minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan in their deal with Cleveland last year, and hope to be a contender in 2018 after a 2017 that was lost to injuries to many of their stars.
Between a solid rotation including Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and big weirdo Matt Harvey, an outfield featuring Yoenis Cespedes and Bruce, and some interesting prospects coming up through their farm system, the Mets are a team to watch in 2018.
This isn’t the first free agent deal of this offseason, but it certainly feels like it. The hype around this offseason’s biggest free agents is easily dismissible, and GMs know it. The 2017 offseason will be likened to the 2013 NBA Draft: full of regret. Nobody wants to hand Eric Hosmer a nine-digit contract or convince themselves to pay JD Martinez $30 million a year to DH at age 30. The Bruce signing is a prudent move by a Mets team looking to rebound, and few deals will reflect similar responsibility this offseason.
Next offseason’s free agency will feature Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, and will either be really exciting or really infuriating, depending on which of the two signs with the Yankees. Or both. (For the love of everything good in this world, don’t let them sign both).