CLEVELAND, Ohio — With Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall on the mend, the Indians have acquired outfielder Jay Bruce from the New York Mets.
A source confirmed to cleveland.com that the Indians and Mets have agreed to a deal involving the 30-year-old, who is earning a $13 million paycheck this season. The Indians will reportedly pay the remaining amount of his salary.
Bruce has posted a .258/.324/.524 slash line with 29 home runs and 75 RBI this season. The three-time All-Star is eligible for free agency at the end of the year.
According to multiple reports, the Indians will send minor-league pitcher Ryder Ryan to the Mets. The Indians drafted Ryan, 22, in the 30th round of the 2016 amateur draft. Ryan logged a 4.79 ERA in 33 appearances for Class A Lake County this season.
The Indians placed Brantley on the disabled list on Wednesday morning, hours after the left fielder suffered a mild right ankle sprain. Brantley spent more than a week on the DL with the same injury in June.
Chisenhall has been sidelined since the All-Star break because of a strained right calf. He is expected to begin a minor-league rehab assignment in the next few days.
The Indians have been cycling through outfielders, with a group that includes Bradley Zimmer, Austin Jackson, Brandon Guyer and Abraham Almonte, in addition to those on the disabled list.
Bruce has totaled 270 home runs during his 10 major-league seasons, spent with the Reds and Mets.