Cincinnati Reds right fielder Jay Bruce reported to spring training on Sunday and talked about his name coming up in trade rumors.
“.. Who knows what will happen but I’m a Red until I’m not,“ Bruce said.
He might not be a Reds as soon as Tuesday.
According to multiple reports, the Reds are in talks to send Bruce to the Toronto Blue Jays as part of a three-way trade. The Blue Jays would reportedly trade Michael Saunders to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Reds would get prospects in return .
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MLB Network’s Jon Heyman first reported the trade.
Late Monday night, however, ESPN’s Buster Olney and Yahoo’s Jeff Passan said the trade may not be completed because of a medical issue.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports said the medical concern involved one of the minor leaguers headed to the Reds.
Bruce, who will turn 29 the day before opening day, has had back-to-back disappointing seasons. He hit .217 in 2014 and .226 last year. He did finish with 26 home runs and 87 RBIs last season.
Bruce is due to make $12.5 million this season and has a team option for $13 million in 2017.
“I’ve said all along that if I would have played better the last year and a half, two years, I would have already been traded. I’m honest with myself,” Bruce said Sunday. “I know good and well that I’m not the player last year and 2014. The only way I can prove that is to go out and actually do it and get back to the real me.”
Reds position players are due to report Tuesday and have their first official workout of the spring. Reds manager Bryan Price is scheduled to meet the media at 9 a.m. local time (11 a.m. eastern).
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