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50/50 chance Reds trade Jay Bruce

The Cincinnati Reds outfielder has found himself moving up the list of Reds that could be moved before July 31st.

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Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is being talked about more and more as a potential trade target for teams before the July 31st deadline, and for good reason. The slugger's chances of being moved are at 50/50 , according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

Bruce, 28, has had a difficult time over the past two seasons compared to his first couple of years with the Reds. He hit .217 with 18 home runs last season, the first really down year for the lefty slugger. It was just five seasons ago in 2010 when he crushed 25 home runs, 70 RBIs and hit a career high .281. In 2013, Bruce had a career high 109 RBIs to go with his third straight 30 home run season and a .262 average.

He has seemed to find himself again since May 15th,  as Olney mentioned above, but there are still concerns about his ability to hit away from the hitter friendly Great American Ball Park.  For comparison sake, Bruce has played 525 games at home in his career and 519 games away from GABP. In those 525 home games, Bruce has hit .260 to go with 117 home runs. Away from home, Bruce's average drops to .243 and only 78 home runs.

Even with the slight drop off in average and power, Bruce is still just 28 and only signed through 2016 with a team option for $13 million in 2017, when he would be 30. Teams looking for an outfielder for this season and for the immediate future might be wise to start calling the Reds, whenever they decided to become sellers.