The Cleveland Indians have acquired outfielder Jay Bruce from the New York Mets, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
The Indians have quickly filled a position that they needed to cover. Their star outfielder, Michael Brantley, was placed on the disabled list earlier today due to an ankle sprain. Bruce will cover Brantley's spot in the lineup and Bruce's big time power will provide the Indians with an advantage.
Bruce, 30, is a three time all-star. He has put up all-star caliber numbers this season with the Mets. He is batting .258 on the season with 29 HRs and 75 RBIs. Bruce will be a free agent after the season.
The lefty will join the club tomorrow, as they hold a record of 60-51 entering play this evening. Bruce will help the Indians maintain their American League Central lead. They have a 3.5 game advantage over the Kansas City Royals.
The Indians will cover the rest of Bruce's contract. He is owed about $3 million.
The Mets will receive Low-A reliever Ryder Ryan in return.