Phillies acquire veteran Jay Bruce from Seattle

Phillies trade for veteran Jay Bruce
The highlight of a tough weekend in Los Angeles didn't come on the field for the Phillies, but rather in the addition of three-time All-Star Jay Bruce to the roster.

The Phillies announced the acquisition of the 32-year-old outfielder via trade on Sunday, sending minor league third baseman Jake Scheiner to Seattle.

Bruce has 14 homers on the season and a .816 OPS through 47 games with the Mariners. He's making $14 million this year and is owed another $14 million next year, the final year of a three-year-deal. The Phillies, however, will only have to pay about $3 million of his salary over the next two seasons.

With Odubel Herrera on administrative leave following an alleged domestic violence issue in Atlantic City, the Phillies needed to add an outfielder to their roster. There's no timetable - or even a guarantee - that Herrera will return to play for Philadelphia. The only other internal options available, aside from those already on the 25-man roster, are Dylan Cozens and Roman Quinn - however, both have significant health concerns and have been sidelined for stretches of time this season.

Along with solving a depth issue, the acquisition of Bruce gives the Phils another option to play in left field as Nick Williams is hitting just .159 on the year with four RBIs.

Bruce will wear No. 23 and will be with the club on Monday to open a three-game set in San Diego.

Scheiner, 23, was hitting .256 with two home runs and 20 RBI in 45 games for single-A Clearwater. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Phillies out of the University of Houston.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
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