The Reds have signed Jay Bruce to a 6-year deal worth $51 million. I think this is one of the steals of the offseason.
Bruce hit .281 with 25 home runs and 75 RBIs last season, and he's only 23 years old. The average player peaks at 27, so the Reds will have him during what should be his peak years. Contrast this with the much more expensive Werth and Crawford deals, where both of those players are already older than 27.
Although Bruce hasn't received recognition for his fielding, UZR and "total zone fielding runs above average" stats indicate he's one of the best right fielders in the game.
It looks like the Reds got somebody locked up for some years. I think it's a good move for them and it shows their fans that they are trying to keep talent on the team.
I agree. This is a steal for the Cincinnati Reds considering the recent free agent contracts, particularly Jayson Werth.
Another example is Corey Hart who the Brewers extended earlier in 2010 and has similar numbers to both Bruce and Werth. I wrote a Hub comparing him and Werth and Hart actually appears to be the much better player for half the price.
Some of these baseball contracts are getting out of hand, which is surprising when smart ones like the Hart and Bruce deal are still being made. It seems like GMs and owners would put their foot down sooner or later.
hart and werth is a good comparison, werth is a little older and mor injury prone the hart. Bruce is solid however johnny gomes is a better hitter!!!
I really think with the right guidance Bruce can be a major star in baseball, He is by far the best fielder in right field in the MLB hitting wise I believe there will soon be no comparison between him and Gomes, Gomes has power but Bruce will be a lot higher average, I look to Bruce (potentially) to be 315 ave, 30 homers 100 plus rbi hitter among the best in baseball, after all he is only 23. With the young core the Reds could have a great shot at several world Series in the coming years. If they keep intact and injury free, Growing up in the Big Red Machine era though the current guys can only hope to be that good, however even falling short of that they still can win the Series and set their mark on MLB.
This is a real good move for Cincy D.B. This gives them another threat on offense and a great fielder as well. Even though the Reds made a run last year, Phily shut them down offensively. Adding Bruce was a smart move. Worth every penny.
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