UPDATE (3:39 PM): Deal reportedly done
UPDATE (1:38 PM): Could a medical issue be holding up the trade?
Not official, but plenty of confirmed reporting the Reds have traded Jay Bruce to the New York Mets for a package headlined by OF Brandon Nimmo. It includes two minor league prospects.
Nimmo (23) bats LH and throws RH. He was the Mets first round pick in the 2011 draft and is regarded as one of their top prospects. Nimmo was considered a top-100 type prospect after the 2014 season, but his stock fell after an injury-plagued 2015. He bounced back with a strong 2016 in AAA, hitting .336/.409/.517 in 325 plate appearances. His BB% of 10.5% was consistent with his previous minor league numbers, so he appears to be willing to take a walk. Nimmo got called up to the Mets in late June. So far, he hasn’t done much at the plate: .236/.300/.291.
Nimmo has played CF in the minor leagues but only in the corners for the Mets. Baseball Prospectus says his arm is average, but short for right field.
The two other players in the package are unknown, but have been characterized as low-level.
And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Reds trade without a national reporter saying something like this:
For early analysis:
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