Jordan’s thoughts: I believe this was a desperate grab to add starts after WTFS dropped a 4 start week last week. Jay Bruce isn’t a huge price to pay and live arms are hard to find. I like the deal for both sides.
Andrew’s thoughts: I notoriously favor pitchers over hitters, but I think this deal is pretty even and, in fact, may even prefer the side getting Jay Bruce.
It could maybe be this simple: I’m already on record as not being a fan of Mike Leake and I’m even less of a fan of Colby Lewis. Both pitchers have been serviceable this year, but their peripherals aren’t very good. Bruce, meanwhile, has rediscovered some of what made him such a budding star a couple years ago. He’s still not putting up a huge OBP, but his wOBA right now would be his highest single season figure since 2010. He’s also still just 29-years-old and only costs $11, so if he truly has returned to form, he carries more value here than both pitchers.