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Indians Free Agent OF Jay Bruce Has a Strong Interest in Playing in San Francisco

Now that the Indians have their first basemen for 2018 with the two-year deal for Yonder Alonzo on Wednesday, does the team still have any interest in bringing back outfielder Jay Bruce?

Bruce, who was very good in his short time with the Indians, seemed like a perfect fit for the team if they could agree on money, but either the Indians are not all that keen on a comeback for Bruce, or the money isn’t being offered, as there is yet another team with interest for the outfielder.

That team is the San Francisco Giants, who earlier on Wednesday pulled off a great deal for Rays third basemen Evan Longoria, who will fit in nicely in the bay area.

Now word is Bruce is eyeing a hook up with the Giants if they would like to add him, which they might after a lackluster 2017 in which they were out of the playoff race by the All-Star break.

MLB Trade Rumors reports that Bruce was looking at going to two teams this offseason – the Giants and the World Series champion Astros, so no matter how you cut it the chances of Bruce coming back to the Indians to be well over.

Meanwhile, Bruce’s agent, Matt Sosnick, tells KNBR 680’s Gary Radnich and Larry Krueger that his client is trying for a four-year pact and would “be thrilled” to end up in the Giants organization. Sosnick adds that the Astros and Giants were Bruce’s “top two” landing spots, but the Astros have made clear that there’s simply no fit in their organization at present.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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