The non-waiver trade deadline may be over, but the Mets aren’t done with their sell-off, as they sent Jay Bruce to the Indians on Wednesday.
In return, the Mets received Ryder Ryan, a 22-year-old Single-A right-hander; the Indians will pick up the approximately $5 million remaining on Bruce’s $13 million salary this season. Ryan was 3-4 with a 4.79 ERA for the Lake County Captains.
Bruce’s departure also opens up a roster spot for first-base prospect Dominic Smith, who already was expected to be called up at some point this month, but the timeline for his arrival will no doubt be accelerated. He was in the lineup for Las Vegas on Wednesday.
“While I wasn’t able to be part of what we all thought was going to be an amazing season, I more than enjoyed my time as a Met, and I appreciate the support of all the fans,” Bruce said in a text to The Post. “You were passionate and sincere, and as a baseball player, that’s what you hope for. Thank you!”
Bruce, acquired just over a year ago from the Reds, rebounded from a slow finish to 2016 with a strong campaign this season. And he made known his interest in finishing the season with a contender.
He will be a free agent after the season and the Mets had tried to