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Report: Linked to Giants, Jay Bruce agrees to multi-year deal elsewhere

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Report: Linked to Giants, Jay Bruce agrees to multi-year deal elsewhere

Jay Bruce is not coming to San Francisco.

The 31-year-old free agent outfielder is returning to New York, reportedly agreeing to a three-year, $39 million deal to stay with the Mets according to multiple national outlets.

The Giants were rumored to have interested in the services of Bruce, and according to USA Today, they were "heavily" in on him.

Back in December 20, ESPN reported that they Giants wanted to sign Bruce but were not willing to go beyond a three-year deal.

That same day, Bruce's agent went on the radio and made it sound like San Francisco was his client's top choice.

"I think if Jay ends up in San Francisco he'd be thrilled," Matt Sosnick said on KNBR on Dec. 20.

Bruce began the 2017 season with the Mets but was traded to the Indians mid-season. In 146 games between the two clubs, he hit .254/.324/.508 with 29 doubles, 36 home runs and 101 RBI.

Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

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Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash.

The teams announced the deal after their games Friday night. The 36-year-old Granderson is hitting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs this year.

Los Angeles is running away with the NL West. The Dodgers are 86-34 after Friday's win at Detroit . Granderson gives Los Angeles another option for the outfield along with Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson.

Pederson has been struggling quite a bit of late, hitting .149 since the All-Star break. Granderson, like Pederson, offers some power from the left side of the plate.

Day after blowing lead vs Giants, Mets closer diagnosed with blood clot

Day after blowing lead vs Giants, Mets closer diagnosed with blood clot

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets' season of high expectations took another serious hit Thursday when All-Star closer Jeurys Familia was diagnosed with a blood clot in his pitching shoulder that might require surgery.

The arterial clot will be examined Friday in St. Louis by Dr. Robert Thompson, who treated starter Matt Harvey last year for thoracic outlet syndrome, the Mets said in a statement.

New York entered the year with hopes of returning to the World Series behind their dominant starting staff and a lineup led by slugger Yoenis Cespedes. But the Cuban outfielder tops a crowded disabled list that includes pitchers Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and Seth Lugo; first baseman Lucas Duda; catcher Travis d'Arnaud; and captain David Wright.

Familia's surprise diagnosis came on an off day before New York opens a series in Milwaukee. General manager Sandy Alderson is expected to provide more details on the 27-year-old right-hander before Friday's game. Treatment could include blood thinners and surgery.

In 2012, Mets pitcher Dillon Gee had surgery to remove a blood clot from his arm and missed the rest of the season.

The Mets so far are making news more for injuries and off-field follies than success between the lines.

Harvey will make his first start Friday since being suspended three games by the team for failing to show at the ballpark for Saturday's game.

Syndergaard, also an All-Star last year, skipped a start with biceps and shoulder discomfort, but refused to have an MRI. In his next start, he tore a lat muscle that landed him on the 60-day DL.

And last weekend, the team was embarrassed when it posted on Instagram a photo of T.J. Rivera wearing the star-of-the-game crown in the clubhouse, which included a clearly visible sex toy in the locker of backup catcher Kevin Plawecki.

The Mets dropped to 16-17 after Familia allowed four runs in the ninth inning of a loss to San Francisco on Wednesday, his third straight day on the mound. Manager Terry Collins said Familia's problem was command, not too much work.

Familia has made just 11 appearances this year after serving a 15-game suspension to start the season for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. He was 3 for 3 in save opportunities before Wednesday.

He became the closer in 2015 and had a major league-leading 51 saves last year. He has made 241 appearances since the start of the 2014 season.

Addison Reed converted all four save opportunities filling in for Familia, but taking Reed out of his setup role taxes an already thin bullpen.