Phillies acquire Jay Bruce from Mariners

Seattle traded outfielder/first baseman Jay Bruce to Philadelphia on Sunday, a deal that will cost the Phillies just $2.75 million over the next 1½ seasons.

As part of the deal, the Mariners agreed to pay the Phillies $18,567,204 on Jan. 15, offsetting most of the $21,317,204 remaining in the $39 million, three-year contract to which Bruce agreed with the Mets in January 2018.

Philadelphia sent the Mariners minor-league infielder Jake Scheiner, who will report to Class A Modesto.

The deal is “bittersweet,” said Bruce, who is hitting .212 with 14 homers and 28 RBIs. “I really like the group of guys here. I got to know some of them and had great relationships. It’s part of the business, though.”

Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler said Bruce would be used both off the bench and as a starter.

Injury report: Texas outfielder Joey Gallo (left oblique strain), Cleveland reliever Dan Otero (shoulder inflammation) and Milwaukee reliever Jhoulys Chacin (lower back strain) were placed on the 10-day injured list. … Minnesota catcher Mitch Garver and Tampa Bay infielder Yandy Diaz returned from the IL.

Briefly: Reliever Fernando Rodney, released by the A’s on Tuesday, signed a minor-league contract with Washington and will report to Triple-A Fresno. … Right-hander Jimmy Nelson, who hasn’t pitched in the majors Sept. 8, 2017, because of a shoulder injury that required surgery, will be promoted by the Brewers from Triple-A to start Wednesday.

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