Report: Phillies On Verge of Acquiring OF Jay Bruce

PHOTO CREDIT: LINDSEY WASSON-USA TODAY SPORTS

The Phillies bench has been a glaring weakness this season–and that was before Odubel Herrera’s arrest earlier this week. Now, the team appears poised to take its first steps in addressing the issue. Take it away, Jeff Passan:

It’s been a strange season for the 32-year-old outfielder. He’s already banged 14 homers and has a solid .816 OPS in 184 plate appearances for the last-place Mariners, but is hitting only .212 with a .283 on-base percentage. He’s been miserable at T-Mobile Park, hitting only .151 with five homers and a .690 OPS, but one of those homers came last night, the 300th of his career:

For what it’s worth, he’s been good on the road, where he’s hitting .261 with nine homers and a .916 OPS.

He also apparently enjoys himself some Citizens Bank Park. He’s hitting .294 with 10 HRs and a .914 OPS in 38 career games there. That will play.

At the very least, Bruce should provide the Phillies with some much needed “pop” from the left side off the bench. At most, he could find himself in left field with Andrew McCutchen shifting to center a couple of times per week should the Phillies want to play Scott Kingery more frequently at third base.

As for what the move could mean for Odubel Herrera? I think Matt Breen might be on to something:

Interestingly, Bruce has historically performed much better against right-handed pitching, but has been more productive against lefties this season, posting a .950 OPS in 44 PAs against LHP, which is significantly better than his .775 OPS against RHP. Still, he’s taken the bulk of his ABs against RHP in 2019, and it’s fair to assume that will continue with the Phillies in the event the two sides should finalize an agreement.

Bruce is in the second year of a three-year deal worth $39 million and is due $14 million in 2019 and 2020. 

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26 Comments

  • Mitch Cumsteen June 1, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    I really think it’s the white move to make. He doesn’t hit the ladies like Ungawa Herrera.

    Reply
  • White is right June 1, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Right kevy? At least he’s not a p u t o

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    • Stuttering john June 1, 2019 at 5:22 pm

      Doosh bag says what.

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      • Your mom June 1, 2019 at 11:01 pm

        Shut up kyke

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  • Sir Andre Previn June 1, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Oh shut up you stupid thing

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  • DSD June 1, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    It would be kinda a cool if we could engage in an intelagent sport conversation here. Guess I’m asking too much

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    • Ed Snider's yarmulke June 1, 2019 at 8:58 pm

      I’m an intelagent, want to talk some spy stuff?

      Reply
  • KATE DEVLIN June 1, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    Wanks,
    You’re the best columnist at CB bar NONE.
    I don’t even know what Kinkerhead is saying half the time between
    all his kardashian junk, meek mill and bullshit soccer coverage.

    And that Phil keidelberg? I think he might be hitting the sauce.

    You’re the best Wanks.

    Plus you’re not racist.

    -Kate Devlin

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  • Jeremiah Trotter June 1, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    Mi just busted a nut in Little Timmy Gudel ‘s tookus. He’s 11!!

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    • Mick June 2, 2019 at 3:59 pm

      Hope you get reported. Quickly. They have your ip address. Scum.

      Reply
      • Mick June 2, 2019 at 4:00 pm

        So do a lot of other people (authorities) now. Good luck explaining that comment.

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        • Officer Krupke June 2, 2019 at 6:12 pm

          Thank you, sir. Mr Trotter has been apprehended.

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  • Big dom June 2, 2019 at 9:02 am

    The Cuz got me fired up about this guy. Ant says he will be a Philly guy That’s all I need to hear baby!

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  • Sunday Phils Broadcasting Team Comments June 2, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Schmitty: Back in the day, we had a left-handed hitter named Jay Johnstone coming off the bench. Of course, it’s a different game today. Krukker: This game is taking forever. I should be paid by the hour. I have to fly back to Florida. TMac: I agree with that. Now let’s check in with Murph. AHHAWHAWHAWHAWHAW

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  • Glovesdroppa June 2, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Murphy is a turd

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    • Absolutely 100% agree with this post June 2, 2019 at 5:34 pm

      He destroys the broadcast

      Reply
  • Wth June 2, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Why is my other comment awaiting approval? It’s a legit sports post with no racist, Kinkead stalker stuff like 90 percent of the comments.

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    • comment awaiting approval June 2, 2019 at 12:04 pm

      at times i think the guys running this place almost want you to write something racist or about some chicks snatch, because many times i’ve wrote a serious comment related to the article and i get the “CWA” banner or the comment just gets straight up deleted. Kinker has only deleted one of of my racist jokes and it wasn’t even that bad, it was actually a quote from a tv show but he didn’t catch the refernce i guess

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    • Lazy Fucks at Crossing Broad June 2, 2019 at 3:59 pm

      Because kinkerhead and kyle set up their wordpress software
      to use filters on your pseudonym and/or ip address. And they also have some
      system wide filters.
      The ‘comment awaiting approval’ is just bullshit.

      These lazy fucks don’t even look at comments that don’t pass
      through the wordpress filters.

      You didn’t actually think someone at CD was approving every comment did you?
      CB is full of lazy fucks.
      Just look at how they cut/paste contents from other sources to make up 90% of
      ‘their’ articles. A fucking teenager could do that work.

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  • Internet pedagogue June 2, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    You’ve ‘wrote’ a serious comment? C’mon, dunce. You’ve been GOGUED!!!

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  • I was thinking.... June 2, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    We need another AMA from the head nut here, or for that matter any of the “staff” of highly paid talent. What say?

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  • Can Bruce pitch? June 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Damn this bullpen sucks every year. Klentak sux.

    Reply
  • Money Shot June 2, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Wow, what an irreverent media outlet.
    One whole post since May 31, 2019.

    Awesome sports coverage ‘guys’!

    Makes me think that this is really a hobby.
    Or just some sort of bullshit.

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    • Bob barker June 2, 2019 at 9:16 pm

      With the exception of ridiculously bad soccer betting advice, they don’t post on the weekends. Which makes sense since there are no sports going on on weekends anyway.

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  • Blow hard June 2, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    The Meat Locker podcast was amazing today.

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  • Upper Cut Mageeeeeeee June 3, 2019 at 6:22 am

    Jay Bruce joins the team as their leading home run hitter and he’s only going to be a bench piece? Might want to move Mr Upper cut Rhys Hoskins as the bat off of the bench. Its not 6:20am

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