Citing “sources with knowledge of the team’s thinking,” Rosenthal said the Mets are open to offering financial relief in order to secure better prospects.
The 30-year-old Bruce will be a free agent after the season, but still is owed more than $5 million for the rest of 2017. Bruce is hitting .267 with 24 homers and could be attractive to teams looking to add a power bat.
Rosenthal adds the Mets also would be willing to absorb a $2 million buyout on infielder Asdrubal Cabrera if that would facilitate a deal.
The Mets (41-50) have lost three straight games to fall 11 1/2 games off the pace in the race for the second National League wild card.
- Doug Mittler