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Phillies Rumors: Jay Bruce Trade from Mariners 'Nearing Completion'

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 1, 2019

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 31: Jay Bruce #32 of the Seattle Mariners laps the bases after hitting his 300th career home run against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the seventh inning during their game at T-Mobile Park on May 31, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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Jay Bruce could be on the move once again as the Philadelphia Phillies are "nearing completion" on trade talks regarding Seattle Mariners outfielder Jay Bruce, per Ken Rosenthal of ESPN:

Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

Jay Bruce to #Phillies is nearing completion, sources tell The Athletic. Deal is pending a review of Bruce’s medicals and other final details. Once completed, #Mariners will net cash savings and receive a minor leaguer in return.

Previously, Jeff Passan of ESPN reported the Phillies were "nearing a deal" to acquire the Mariners outfielder.

Seattle first traded for Bruce in December as part of a seven-player deal that sent Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the New York Mets.

If a move is completed, it would be the fourth time Bruce has been traded since 2016 after he spent his first nine years with the Cincinnati Reds.

The 32-year-old has showcased his power this season, totaling 14 home runs in 47 games. His hitting has been inconsistent with just a .212 batting average, but his .533 slugging percentage proves the type of production he can bring to a lineup.

He has also expanded his defensive versatility, playing right field, left field and first base this season.

Considering Philadelphia ranks just 23rd in the majors in home runs despite playing in a hitter-friendly park, this team could use some reinforcements offensively. Even if he doesn't play every day, Bruce can provide some much-needed depth.

The biggest question mark could be his salary, as he is owed $14 million this season and $14 million in 2020 before he hits free agency.

With the Mariners in last place in the AL West, it makes sense for them to clear salary and potentially get some assets in return. However, the Phillies have to decide whether this cost is worth it for the playoff contenders.