Jay Bruce to sign with Yankees

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Phillies should see a good amount of Jay Bruce in spring training originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Phillies have filled out their bench with a couple of veteran left-handed bats in Matt Joyce and Brad Miller (not yet official), and on Saturday, last year’s primary DH, Jay Bruce, agreed to a deal with the Yankees. 

It’s a minor-league deal worth $1.35 million if Bruce makes the team, according to The Athletic.

The Phillies could see a lot of Bruce in spring training because they face the Yankees eight times. They are in a six-team Grapefruit League pod with the Yankees, Blue Jays, Orioles, Tigers and Pirates.

Bruce, who turns 34 on April 3, spent most of the last two seasons with the Phillies after a trade from Seattle in June 2019. He hit for power here when healthy, but he couldn’t stay healthy. In 252 plate appearances as a Phillie, Bruce hit just .212 but slugged .494 with 18 homers. 

As of now, the National League will not utilize the designated hitter in 2021. It’s expected to be universal by the following season and things could even change before this season begins. Remember, last year the expanded playoff field was not finalized or announced until the eve of opening day.

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