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The evolution of a 'Jay Bruce to the Dodgers' rumor

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The Dodgers have been rumored to add an outfielder for some time, so it only makes sense that they would be interested in Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds. With Monday's non-waiver trade deadline rumors fast approaching, those rumors are heating up.

Bruce is hitting .271/.323/.572 with 25 home runs this season, including a well-timed streak of five straight games with a home run entering Friday night.

Bruce is a career .258/.330/.489 hitter against right-handed pitching, including .274/.332/.595 in 2016.

The left-hander is coming off a down pair of years, hitting just .222/.288/.406 with 44 home runs total in 2014-2015, but this season has cited improved health and used an approach that has him hitting to all fields, as illuminated by Mike Petriello on Thursday at MLB.com.

So with Andre Ethier not really near a return anytime soon, with Trayce Thompson still on the disabled list, with Yasiel Puig hitting just .255/.316/.376 with seven home runs and nursing a hamstring problem of his own, it is understandable the Dodgers are seeking some outfield help.

Let's take a ride around the Friday rumor carousel, including the potential for a multi-team deal that has been a staple of this current Dodgers front office regime:

Bruce is making $12.5 million this year, which means there is roughly $4.4 million remaining, plus has a $13 million club option for 2017, with a $1 million buyout.