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Report: Blue Jays among 8 teams on no-trade list for Reds' Bruce

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The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly discussed Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds as a potential trade target this winter, but acquiring the 27-year-old outfielder would involve more than simply negotiating a deal with general manager Walt Jocketty.

The Blue Jays are among the eight teams listed on Bruce's partial no-trade clause, meaning the club would need approval from the two-time All-Star before finalizing a trade, according to Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Bruce, however, may be inclined to waive his no-trade provision in exchange for some kind of bonus from the Blue Jays, namely a guarantee that the club would exercise his $13-million option for the 2017 campaign.

Despite the possible logistical hurdle, Bruce nevertheless remains an intriguing option for the Blue Jays as they look to replace left-fielder Melky Cabrera. 

Bruce, a first-round pick in 2005, regressed considerably last season, hitting just .217/.281/.373 (84 OPS+) with a career-low 18 home runs over 137 games.

The New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Miami Marlins, and Minnesota Twins comprise the rest of Bruce's no-trade list.

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