Yesterday afternoon, on the day of the trade deadline, the Mets acquired slugging Cincinnati right fielder Jay Bruce, to varying reactions on Twitter and in the media. If you like old school statistics like RBI, in which Bruce leads the National League with 80, you liked the deal. If you have more appreciation for Wins Above Replacement, in which Bruce is 103rd in the National League with 0.7, you didn’t like the deal.
It’s fairly easy to make the case for or against given the diversity of the things that have happened to Jay Bruce in his career. As recently as 2013, Bruce posted 4.2 WAR and posted a slash line of .262/.329/.478, finishing with a wRC+ of 117 and enough votes to come in 10th for the National League MVP. He followed that up in 2014 and 2015 by being below replacement level and posting a collective .223 batting average and 85 wRC+.
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