Last night, the New York Mets signed outfielder Jay Bruce to a three-year, $39 million deal. It's been revealed that they were close to another deal as well.
Sources close to the Mets and the Cleveland Indians thought a deal was in place for
mets imported one star from cleveland, but they came oh so close to adding another one, as well. https://t.co/89EY8kYi1H— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 11, 2018
Kipnis would have been a perfect fit for the Mets, who are currently missing a quality second baseman. However, the Mets front office believed he was too expensive for his value.
Kipnis is guaranteed $30.5 million over the next two years, which was the straw that broke the camel's back for the Mets.
Jason Kipnis was headed to New York, until he wasn’t https://t.co/eBx3tXldt6— MLB Daily Dish (@mlbdailydish) January 11, 2018
It was also just the second time in Kipnis's seven-year career that he failed to steal double-digit bags and have an OPS+ above the league average.
The most interesting part is that the Mets did not hesitate to pay Jay Bruce, who has consistently hit under .250, a hefty sum of money. Guess the home runs appealed to them.