The Reds and Orioles have discussed a trade that would send outfielder Jay Bruce to Baltimore, according to a report from Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com. As of Friday, there was "no momentum toward a deal," according to Morosi.
Bruce is a strong candidate to be traded this off-season by a Reds organization that is expected to be very active in trading away key veterans. After dealing Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake at July's non-waiver trade deadline, the Reds are known to be aggressively shopping Bruce and closer Aroldis Chapman to teams in advance of the Winter Meetings.
Baltimore is likely to be active on the market for outfield help this winter, less than a year after losing Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz to free agency. The O's are known to be looking into reunions with free agents Gerardo Parra and Chris Davis, and may also have some interest in re-acquiring Markakis from the Braves.
Bruce, 28, has drawn interest from multiple teams over the past couple of years, including the Padres, Mets and Blue Jays. He can block trades to eight clubs: the Red Sox, Rays, Yankees, Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Marlins, Athletics and Twins.
As Cincinnati ramps up its efforts to deal Chapman and Bruce and the Orioles increase their attempts to acquire an outfielder, the sides could match up on a deal before or during next month's Winter Meetings.