Free-agent outfielder Jay Bruce, who played for the Cincinnati Reds from 2008 to 2016 and has since played for the New York Mets, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners and Philadelphia Phillies, is signing a minor-league deal with the New York Yankees, according to multiple reports Saturday.
The club has not announced the move.
Bruce, 33, hit .198 with six homers for the Phillies in 2020. He was granted free agency in October.
The Reds' first-round draft pick in 2005 was a three-time All-Star during his nine seasons in Cincinnati. He hit .249 with 233 home runs for the Reds over nine seasons.
The Reds traded Bruce to the Mets in Aug. 2016 for Max Wotell and Dilson Herrera.
During ESPN's broadcast of an August game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies, play-by-play commentator Jon Sciambi recounted a story about Bruce's admiration for Hall of Famer and former Moeller High School standout and Cincinnati Reds great Ken Griffey Jr.
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