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Reaction to the Jay Bruce trade

New York Mets’ Dilson Herrera hits a single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, in Milwaukee. The Mets traded Herrera to the Cincinnati Reds on Monday as part of a deal that included Jay Bruce.
New York Mets’ Dilson Herrera hits a single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, in Milwaukee. The Mets traded Herrera to the Cincinnati Reds on Monday as part of a deal that included Jay Bruce. Associated Press

Reaction to the Cincinnati Reds’ trade of Jay Bruce to the New York Mets on Monday:

Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer: “Nah, Walt. It was a salary dump. The Reds didn’t trade a popular, productive player in his prime because they couldn’t live without Dilson Herrera and Max Wotell, the two kids they got in return from the New York Mets. Even if Jocketty did decide that Herrera, a second baseman,’“is considered one of the brightest young stars in the game today.’ He is? Great. By whom?”

Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post: “If that complicates things for Terry Collins as he ponders how to fill out his batting order every day the rest of the season, then that’s something that Collins is simply going to have to deal with every day the rest of the season, employing his stated mantra of identifying hot hands and giving them at-bats. “

James Wagner of the New York Times: “Bruce, who has a strong throwing arm, may slot into right field for the Mets and displace Curtis Granderson. Collins listed Granderson and Michael Conforto, a novice in center field, as likely options for center. Cespedes, who played center field until his quadriceps injury, will remain in left field until his leg improves.”

Enos Sarris of Fangraphs: “For one, the team has been worse against righties than lefties at the plate this year. They’ve been basically league average against them, while their weighted offense has been 5% better than league average against lefties. For his career, Bruce is 15% better than league average against righties, and he’ll even out the lineup offensively. “

Betsy Helfand of Las Vegas Review-Journal: “For years now, 51s manager Wally Backman has been touting second baseman Dilson Herrera as a future All-Star. Herrera was thought to be the New York Mets’ second baseman beginning next season. But the Mets, locked in a playoff chase, couldn’t wait until then, dealing him to the Cincinnati Reds before Monday’s trade deadline as part of a deal for All-Star outfielder Jay Bruce.”

Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal: “In the short term, the Mets hope Bruce can replicate Cespedes’s effect on the team. But there’s one glaring problem: Bruce isn’t Cespedes. And worse, he could ultimately do more long-term harm than good for the Mets’ outfield. Bruce’s power is tantalizing, especially now that Cespedes is nursing a lingering quadriceps strain. Yet for everything Bruce has done well this year, he looks less enticing when one examines his numbers over the previous two seasons.”

Jesse Spector of the Sporting News: “Jay Bruce is not a perfect fit for the Mets, who could have used a better defender in the outfield, but acquiring him from the Reds fills a pressing need for New York: production at the plate. The Mets have scored the third-fewest runs in the National League this year, hitting .237/.308/.405 as a team. Bruce has hit .265/.316/.559 with 25 home runs and a league-leading 80 RBIs. That he has hit .360 with runners in scoring position is not an indicator of anything other than the fact that he has gotten a hit in 36% of his at-bats with runners on second and/or third base, but there’s an inherent upgrade that is difficult to ignore.”

John Harper of the New York Daily News: “When all was said and done at the trade deadline, Sandy Alderson was emphatic in pointing out that he wouldn’t have made his big deal with the Reds if Jay Bruce weren’t under control for next season, via a team option on his contract. That was his way of justifying giving up Dilson Herrera, the second baseman the Mets had indicated was the heir apparent at the position, and a major reason they were comfortable in letting Daniel Murphy walk as a free agent.”

Marc Carig of Newsday: “Jay Bruce likely will be slotted in rightfield upon his arrival from the Reds, according to sources, but he also might be approached about his willingness to play centerfield. Whatever the Mets decide with the new bat in the middle of their lineup, they must figure out how to arrange their suddenly muddled outfield.”

Wick Terrell of Red Reporter: “The Cincinnati Reds did not ‘win’ the Jay Bruce trade. They did not ‘fleece’ the New York Mets, nor did they massively increase the odds that this deep, dark rebuild will see the light at the end of the tunnel any faster than it would have before. There won’t be parades that celebrate Trade Deadline 2016, and odds are it won’t win anyone any significant promotions in the team’s front office. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good trade, however, or that Dilson Herrera isn’t exactly the kind of player the Reds will need around in order to increase their chances of making 2018 when the Reds are great again.”

Mark Sheldon of MLB.com: “The club is determining where Herrera will report, but Jocketty expected that it would likely be Triple-A Louisville. A decision on who replaces Bruce in right field is also pending, but there’s a good chance that Adam Duvall could shift over from left field. Hot-hitting corner outfielder Scott Schebler could also be considered for a promotion from Louisville on the heels of his being named the International League player of the month for July.”

Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News: “No more. Now nearly every trade, including most at this year’s trade deadline giveaways, involves an established major league player for pigs-in-a-poke or a mystery grab bag. They don’t trade flesh and blood any more, they trade contracts. More correctly, they dump salary and send an expensive contract to a contending team for a bushel full of prospects, many of whom are suspects. “

David Schoenfield of ESPN: “New York Mets -- Jay Bruce has nice old-school numbers -- home runs and RBIs -- but his defensive metrics aren’t good, and who is going to play center field? The Mets can still make the playoffs, but they need other players to start hitting (2.9 runs per game since the All-Star break, worst in the majors).”

More from ESPN: “Dilson Herrera is a high-upside offensive player who was blocked this year by Neil Walker, but probably deserved a chance to play in the majors. He’s been very young for his leagues -- he’s still just 22 -- and while there is some concern that his numbers at Las Vegas dipped this year compared to 2015, he should supplant Brandon Phillips as the Reds’ second baseman next year. He’s a better player than the punchless Jose Peraza, who hasn’t done much at Triple-A this year.”

Doug Gray of Redleg Nation: “Yesterday the Cincinnati Reds traded Jay Bruce to the Mets. I’m sure that if you are reading this article that you are already knew that. The organization landed infielder Dilson Herrera and left handed pitcher Max Wotell in return for Bruce. Nick Kirby wrote some about that yesterday here at Redleg Nation. I wrote about the two guys as well some at my site when the trade went down. Today, I wanted to dive in a little deeper on Wotell.”

Dilson Herrera stats

Year

Age

League

G

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

2011

17

Rookie

65

0.308

0.413

0.472

0.885

2012

18

Rookie/A

60

0.286

0.341

0.489

0.830

2013

19

A

116

0.267

0.334

0.416

0.750

2014

20

A+/AA

135

0.319

0.376

0.472

0.848

2014

20

NL

18

0.22

0.303

0.407

0.710

2015

21

AAA/A+

84

0.331

0.384

0.515

0.899

2015

21

NL

31

0.211

0.311

0.367

0.677

2016

22

AAA

86

0.276

0.327

0.462

0.790

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