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Cincinnati Gets: OF Jorge Bonifacio and 2B/SS Ramon Torres
Kansas City Gets: RF Jay Bruce
With Cincinnati beginning to rebuild and a number of teams still in need of outfield help, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon recently speculated about potential landing spots for Jay Bruce, who can block trades to eight teams.
Why It Makes Sense for the Reds
Cincinnati got middling returns for Aroldis Chapman and Todd Frazier, so expecting the Reds to land a significant return for Bruce is unrealistic. But they would walk away with a pair of quality prospects who are just about ready to contribute in the big leagues.
Jorge Bonifacio isn't nearly as versatile a player as his older brother, Emilio, is, but the 22-year-old outfielder may ultimately be the better player. Still developing at the plate, where he has the bat speed to be more than a low-average slugger, Bonifacio has a strong, accurate throwing arm Cincinnati can stick in right field.
The former consensus top-100 prospect could be Cincinnati's long-term replacement for Bruce.
A switch-hitter who makes consistent contact, 22-year-old Ramon Torres is more like Bonifacio's older brother, flashing the ability to play multiple positions. While he offers little in the way of power, Torres is an excellent defender at second base with the arm strength to play shortstop or third base.
Why It Makes Sense for the Royals
At some point, the Royals will have to move on from their pursuit of re-signing Alex Gordon, and Bruce is a fine consolation prize. Due $12.5 million in 2016 and with a $13 million team option for 2017, Bruce is a reasonably priced short-term solution for Kansas City in right field.
Sure, he strikes out more often than you'd like and hasn't delivered an All-Star-caliber performance since 2013.
But heading into his age-29 season and now two years removed from injuries to both knees, there's reason to believe Bruce could return to his prior form, which saw him average 30 home runs, 94 RBI and a .826 OPS from 2010 to 2013.