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Phillies get slugger Jay Bruce in trade with Mariners

Phillies get slugger Jay Bruce in trade with Mariners

Updated: 5:33 p.m.

LOS ANGELES – The Phillies have acquired veteran outfielder Jay Bruce from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Class A third baseman Jake Scheiner. 

The Phillies will pay just $2.75 million of the $21 million left on Bruce’s contract, which runs through 2020. 

Bruce will join the Phillies in time for Monday night’s game in San Diego.

Scheiner was a fourth-round pick in 2017.

The Phillies are looking for Bruce to provide an upgrade to their bench. The 32-year-old slugger has 300 career homers, including 14 this season with the Mariners. Overall, he is hitting just .212 with an .816 OPS. He has 11 doubles, 28 RBIs and 53 strikeouts in 165 at-bats.

With Odubel Herrera’s uncertain future with the Phillies, Bruce could get some time in the outfield. It will not come in his customary right field because Bryce Harper is set there. Bruce could get some time in left field with Andrew McCutchen getting some reps in centerfield.

Bruce has just over $21 million left on his contract. The Phillies will pick up just $2.75 million. 

The Phillies are in no danger of reaching the $206 million luxury-tax threshold this season so the Bruce addition will not preclude other additions. The Phils are looking for pitching upgrades, both in the bullpen and the rotation (see story)

The Phillies will have to clear a spot on the 25-man roster to get Bruce on board.

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At the Yard podcast: Reacting to the huge Zack Wheeler news

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At the Yard podcast: Reacting to the huge Zack Wheeler news

Ricky Bottalico and Corey Seidman react to the big news of the Phillies agreeing to a five-year deal with Zack Wheeler on the latest At The Yard podcast.

They also discuss the possibility of the Phillies signing Didi Gregorius, Cole Hamels heading to the Braves, and much more.

• Initial impressions of the signing
• What the guys like most about Wheeler
• Was this the right price?
• Bittersweet day with Hamels to Braves
• Phillies still need to add another good SP
• One Wheeler concern
• The market for Anthony Rendon



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Rhys Hoskins stoked for early Zack Wheeler gift from Santa Klentak, Mets fans irate

Rhys Hoskins stoked for early Zack Wheeler gift from Santa Klentak, Mets fans irate

Christmas came early for free-agent pitcher Zack Wheeler in the form of a five-year, $118 million contract from the Philadelphia Phillies.

But Wheeler isn't the only one to celebrate today. His new teammates are also stoked about the addition of a hard-throwing righty to follow Aaron Nola in the rotation.

First baseman Rhys Hoskins took to Twitter to share his excitement about Santa coming early this year.

While Philadelphia seems quite pleased with the move, we thought it only fair to check in with New York Mets fans to see how they felt about their former starter joining a division rival.

They're taking it ... not so well over at the Metsrefugees.com message board. A sampling:

This is the worst possible scenario

lol of course. He's gonna dominate the Mets now.

We deserve this.

And one more **** *** to Brodie and the Wilpons for not signing this man -- who badly wanted to stay here -- to a much cheaper extension a year ago, when they had the chance. I hope he makes them pay for that decision. Sincerely. Best of luck to Zack.

This infuriates me

So things are going well in New York this holiday season, which is nice.

But it's not all sunshine and rainbows in the NL East. The Atlanta Braves got some Cole (Hamels) before Christmas.

Plenty of shopping days remain. Will Matt Klentak and John Middleton really go crazy this year, blow through the luxury tax, and show up to spring training with a new Stephen Strasburg with a red bow on 'em?

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