Bruce agrees to long-term deal

In a deal that secures one of the pieces of their long-term future, the Reds have agreed to terms late Thursday night with right fielder Jay Bruce on a six-year, $51 million contract, a baseball source confirmed to MLB.com.

The agreement, which avoids arbitration, comes with an option for a seventh year that could push the total earnings to $63 million. The option has a $1 million buyout. ESPN.com first reported the story.

It will be a while until the deal is made official and the Reds have yet to make an announcement. Bruce is scheduled to fly to Cincinnati for his physical on Monday and the signing could be completed by Tuesday.

 
Bruce earned $440,000 in 2010 and was awarded “Super 2″ status after last season, which allowed him first-time arbitration eligible earlier than normal. The contract would wipe out any arbitration issues for all four years, plus two years of potential free agency.

This contract mirrors the six-year, $51.25 million agreement reached in March between the D-backs and Justin Upton, another 23-year-old outfielder entering his arbitration years.

 

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