The Yankees on Friday agreed to a Minor League contract with free agent outfielder Jay Bruce.
Bruce was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round of the 2005 MLB Draft out of West Brook High School in Beaumont, TX. He has since spent time with the Reds, Mets, Indians, Mariners, and most recently the Phillies from 2019-2020. He made his MLB Debut on May 27, 2008.
Bruce, 33, is a decorated veteran of the game. He is a three-time National League All-Star and a two-time Silver Slugger Award Winner. Over the course of his Career (14 seasons), Bruce has batted .245/.314/.469, with a .783 OPS. The left-handed batter has 318 home runs, 836 runs scored, 948 RBI’s, and 65 stolen bases.
In 2020 with the Phillies, Bruce batted .198/.252/.469, with a .721 OPS. He scored 11 runs, hit six home runs, and drove in 14 RBI’s in 32 games played in 2020.
Per MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal, Bruce will earn $1.35 million if he makes the team, plus $50 thousand bonuses for 400, 450, and 500 plate appearances.
Bruce will bring more veteran knowledge to the Yankees organization in hopes to make the Major League club and have a positive influence on the young players in the club.