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MLB Rumor Central: Blue Jays discussing Jay Bruce trade with Mets?

Toronto has reportedly engaged New York in talks about a possible deal for veteran outfielder Jay Bruce. Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Blue Jays are reportedly circling back around in their attempts to trade for outfielder Jay Bruce.

ESPN's Jim Bowden reported Sunday on MLB Network Radio that the Blue Jays have engaged the New York Mets in trade talks surrounding Bruce. A deal to bring the veteran north of the border fell through last offseason.

Bowden notes that Toronto views Bruce as a left-handed platoon option alongside Melvin Upton Jr. in the corner outfield spots.

The 29-year-old tallied a combined .872 OPS against right-handed pitching last season with the Cincinnati Reds and Mets.

Overall, Bruce slashed .250/.309/.506. He struggled at the plate after being traded to New York -- his line dropped from .265/.316/.559 with the Reds to .219/.294/.391 with the Mets.

Bruce has hit at least 20 home runs in eight of his nine professional seasons. He had 33 home runs and 99 RBIs last year between his time with New York and Cincinnati. Eight home runs and 19 RBIs came as a Met.

If New York is able to re-sign Yoenis Cespedes, there may not be an ideal fit for Bruce, who will make $13 million next season.

Bowden also reported that the Jays are "in" on Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Josh Reddick, who, like Bruce, is a left-handed bat.

-- Nick Ostiller