In response to a @Ken_Rosenthal report that #reds have had early trade talks about Jay Bruce, agent Matt Sosnick said the club did, indeed, propose a contract extension this summer. "It is true that the Reds made Jay two offers during the season,'' Sosnick said. "The fact the deal didn’t get done had nothing to do with Jay's desire to remain a Red for life, which is still the case. It was more about his desire to make sure that contract talks didn’t become a distraction during the season. But Jay still greatly appreciated the offers.'' Bruce is in the middle of a six-year, $51 million contract that pays him $12M in 2015 and $12.5M in 2016 and includes a $13M club option for 2017. He played on a bad knee last season and hit .217 with 18 homers and a .654 OPS -- all career lows. Bruce turns 28 in April. If the Reds moved him now, it's fair to say they would be trading him at the absolute ebb of his value.

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