Jay Bruce returns to the New York Mets

Jay Bruce returns to the New York Mets

The slow-moving Major League Baseball free agent market finally played into the Mets favor.

Bruce signed a three-year, $39 million contract with the Mets on Wednesday, Jerry Crasnick of reports.

Syndergaard has always been a fan of "Wacky Bruce", forging a friendship with the power-hitting outfielder when he was traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Mets midway through the 2016 season.

The New York Mets are adding some pop to their lineup, with a familiar face due to return to the Big Apple. He hit.256 with 29 home runs and 75 RBI for the Mets last season. In 43 games with Cleveland, Bruce hit.248 with seven homers. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical and no announcement had been made.

Bruce gives the Mets some insurance in the outfield and in the lineup as Michael Conforto recovers from surgery to fix a torn capsule in his left shoulder. Those numbers suited Bruce well when he played at Great American Ball Park, Citi Field and Progressive Field, but there was no guarantee that his power would transfer over to AT&T Park, especially as a left-handed hitter.

While robust for relievers, the free agent market this winter has been shockingly slow for other players. If you are a Mets fan, this deal is a sign of good things to follow.

The 30-year-old was dealt to the Mets from the Cincinnati Reds at the trade deadline in 2016. Bruce had a WAR of 2.9 during this season.

The veteran outfielder is coming off one of the best years of his career, hitting a career-high 36 home runs between his time with the Mets and Cleveland Indians.