Report: Jay Bruce could go to Blue Jays in three-team swap
Just because spring training is underway doesn't mean teams aren't active on the trade market.
According to MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman, the Toronto Blue Jays are close to acquiring Jay Bruce from the Cincinnati Reds:
Even more, Heyman has noted that it's a three-team swap, involving the Los Angeles Angels and Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders.
FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reported that the path for the Jays to acquire Bruce is clear -- they're not on his no-trade list.
Source: #BlueJays are NOT on Bruce’s most recent no-trade list. Can be sent to TOR without his approval.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 23, 2016
Bruce was a popular name on the hot stove last offseason, but his stock took somewhat of a hit after a subpar 2015 -- he hit .226 with 26 homers and 87 RBI.
Saunders was acquired by the Blue Jays prior to the 2015 season, but a spring training injury involving a sprinkler head caused him to miss the vast majority of the season.