MLB trade rumors: Phillies deal for Jay Bruce ‘is complete’

first_imgThe Phillies are in need of a bench bat, and the Mariners appear to be willing to help them out.Philadelphia has been negotiating with the Mariners for outfielder Jay Bruce and the deal “is complete,” according to NBCS Philly. The Mariners will reportedly receive cash and a minor league player in return. The Phillies will take the bulk of Bruce’s remaining $21.5 million in his contract with the Mariners, USA Today reports, adding there wasn’t another team willing to assume as much money as Philadelphia during talks involving Bruce.Hearing the Jay Bruce deal is complete. Not out of question he is in Dodger Stadium for series finale today. Phillies need win to avoid sweep.— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) June 2, 2019Bruce has a no-trade clause, which could complicate things, but according to The Athletic, the former first-round pick of the Reds would be willing to waive it for Philadelphia. Craig Kimbrel rumors: Braves, Phillies among teams ready to pursue closer on June 3 Dallas Keuchel rumors: At least 6 teams interested in signing Cy Young winning pitchercenter_img #Phillies in talks to acquire Jay Bruce from #Mariners, sources confirm to me and @MattGelb. Bruce will waive no-trade clause for PHI. First with discussions: @JeffPassan.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 1, 2019Seattle was a pleasant surprise to start the season, finishing April with an 18-14 record, but a rough May has the team on the brink of full breakdown mode as the Mariners now sit at 10 games under .500 at 25-35.According to MLB.com, a rival said the Mariners are trying to sell everyone, including Ryon Healy, Edwin Encarnacion, Mike Leake, Dee Gordon and Tim Beckham.Mariners are deep in sell mode. “Trying to trade everyone,” as one rival put it. Beyond Bruce, also talking about Encarnacion, Healy, Gordon, Beckham, Leake, etc. Talks said to be “ongoing” with Phillies on Bruce.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 1, 2019This is also a good indication of how the year will go without trades being permitted after the July 31 deadline. Many front office executives expect deals to get done much earlier before the deadline this year as there is an expectation that many teams won’t wait until the final moments to get a deal done. Related Newslast_img read more