Just because spring training is getting underway doesn't mean teams aren't active on the trade market.
According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, the Toronto Blue Jays are close to acquiring Jay Bruce from the Cincinnati Reds:
Jay Bruce is coming up in trade talks still. Blue Jays could be a possibility.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 22, 2016
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Jays are said to like Jay Bruce very much. Word is, deal could be in works.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 22, 2016
Even more, Heyman has noted that it's a three-team swap, involving the Los Angeles Angels and Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders.
Hearing proposed deal Is 3-way. Bruce would go to Jays, Michael Saunders to angels— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 23, 2016
FOX Sports insider Ken Rosenthal reported that the path for the Jays to acquire Bruce is clear -- they're not on his no-trade list.
Source: #BlueJays are NOT on Bruce's most recent no-trade list. Can be sent to TOR without his approval.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 23, 2016
Bruce was a popular name on the hot stove last offseason, but his stock took somewhat of a hit after a subpar 2015 -- he hit .226/.294/.434 but still smashed 26 home runs.
Saunders was acquired by the Blue Jays prior to the 2015 season, but a spring training injury involving a sprinkler head caused him to miss the vast majority of the season. He owns a career .230/.301/.381 slash line across parts of seven seasons in the big leagues, but has been limited to just 87 games since 2014.