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Jay Bruce Fantasy Baseball Value Could Soar With Potential Trade to Philadelphia Phillies

Mike Esposito
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Seattle Mariners
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After a hot start to the 2019 season, the Seattle Mariners have come back down to earth on the back of an abysmal 7-21 record in the month of May. Rumors have begun to swirl about a possible fire sale going forward now that the club appears to be out of contention. And based on the most recent rumors, lefty-slugger Jay Bruce could be the first player on his way out of Seattle.

According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, the Philadelphia Phillies are in trade talks to acquire Bruce from the Mariners. No deal is imminent, however, both sides have reportedly expressed a mutual interest to get a deal done.

The move would make plenty of sense for the Phillies, considering they need another outfielder after placing Odubel Herrera on leave. Additionally, both Philly and Bruce's fantasy owners would likely stand to see big gains as a result of this potential trade.

He's barely batting above the Mendoza Line right now, but Bruce is in the middle of an excellent, albeit streaky, power year in 2019. Through Friday's action, the Mariners' slugger sports a career-high .533 slugging percentage with 14 homers and 28 RBI. Also, 25 of his 35 hits on the year have gone for extra bases.

When he's locked in, Bruce swings a dangerous bat that often punishes any pitcher that makes even the smallest mistake. Joining a Phillies' lineup that features the likes of Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins should give the 32-year-old slugger more RBI opportunities as well, which could turn him into a must-add fantasy bat going forward.

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