Aroldis Chapman, Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake of the Cincinnati Reds all have been mentioned in trade rumors during the current Major League Baseball season, but their teammate Jay Bruce may also be on the trading block. “The Cincinnati Reds could sell off a number of parts this month, but Jay Bruce is as good a bet as anyone to be traded,” Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal wrote Thursday.
The 28-year-old Bruce, who was an MLB All-Star in 2011 and 2012 and the winner of Silver Slugger awards in 2012 and 2013, reportedly rejected extension offers made by Cincinnati last season, but still has two years left on his current deal with the Reds.
Bruce, who plays right field, has played in 81 of the team’s 83 games so far this season. In 288 at-bats, he is batting .240, with 12 home runs and 41 RBIs. Cincinnati is in fourth place of the Central Division of the National League with 38 wins and 45 losses.
Among other teams reportedly interested in Reds’ players, the Toronto Blue Jays could target Chapman and Cueto before the July 31 trade deadline.
Cincinnati’s roster features players with huge long-term deals, such as Homer Bailey, Devin Mesoraco, Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto, so dealing Bruce, who is set to earn about $25.5 million after the current season, could help the Reds’ financial situation.