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Jay Bruce will return to the New York Mets after agreeing to a deal with the team, ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reported Wednesday.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Bruce will earn $39 million over three years.

Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reported the San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros were interested in signing Bruce but couldn’t get a deal completed.

The veteran outfielder is coming off one of the best years of his career, hitting a career-high 36 home runs between his time with the Mets and Cleveland Indians. He finished with a .254 batting average and an .832 OPS, both of which were ahead of his career marks.

He ended up hitting .278 with two home runs and four RBI in the playoffs while the Indians lost to the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series. Bruce hit the game-tying home run in Cleveland’s 9-8 Game 2 victory that needed 13 innings to determine a winner.

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