Reds, slugger Jay Bruce reportedly come to terms on six-year, $51 million pact

AHN Sports Staff

Cincinnati, OH, United States (AHN) – The Cincinnati Reds retained the service of Jay Bruce Thursday night, signing the young outfielder to a six-year, $51 million deal with a seventh year option worth $22 million.

The 23-year-old Bruce received his biggest paycheck of his young career following an All-Star caliber season with the Reds.

Bruce averaged .281 with 25 homers, 70 RBIs and 80 runs in 148 games, helping the Reds reach the postseason for the first time in 15 seasons.

Drafted 12th overall in 2005, Bruce is being tapped as the future of the Reds franchise, which will likely lose reigning National League MVP Joey Votto after the 2013 season.

ESPN baseball analyst Jerry Crasnick believes the small-market Reds will only sign Votto to a short-term extension through 2013.

Crasnick added Votto, who batted .324 with 37 homers and 113 RBI, could end up signing another lucrative contract with another team after the deal with the Reds.

Bruce, meanwhile, has the opportunity to blossom into a legitimate MVP contender with the Reds.

Sources indicated the deal includes a partial no-trade clause along with award bonuses for the outfielder.

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