The Dodgers are considering trading for Reds outfielder Jay Bruce, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Bruce, who has a limited no-trade clause, cannot block a deal to Los Angeles.
Bruce is likely to be one of the most oft-mentioned names in advance of the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline, a year after being rumored as a Mets’ target and less than six months after almost being traded to the Blue Jays in a scuttled deal. The Reds are known to be shopping him once again, with multiple teams showing early interest.
Los Angeles currently has Joc Pederson as its only left-handed hitting outfielder, with the return of Andre Ethier still uncertain. The team is looking to make an addition to their current group, which currently includes Pederson, Trayce Thompson, Yasiel Puig, Scott Van Slyke and Howie Kendrick.
Rosenthal notes that Josh Reddick (Athletics) and Kole Calhoun (Angels) may also fit the Dodgers’ need, though those two players are not being as aggressively shopped as Bruce.
Bruce, 29, is owed about $6.25 million for the remainder of this season and is controllable on a $13 million team option for next season. He has hit .280/.329/.575 with 16 homers for Cincinnati this season.