Okay, so ... the man was Boog Powell in the early primaries (ages 21-26). Or Sosa, or Bonds, or Jackson, says the b-ref caucus. But at age 27, he ripped a knee and for two years the Reds faithful boo'ed him off the stage at the mention of the Reds' name.
Now, supposedly, he's feeling good and batting .271/.323/.572, his best season and back on missile-arc with that first Sosa/Bonds/Jackson shtick (on b-ref.com, we sez, not in real life). The President (of orthopedic surgery), that is, has turned those pesky boos back in to golden cheers.
So what's the right way to plot the arc forward? Dr. D has no such "universal tri-key" to unlock the projection, but (making a long story short) he'd bet 65-35 that Bruce is going to knock in 100 runs in any season his legs are right. Which might be 0 seasons, or 3, from here. He's signed cheap through next year.
He's threatening to settle in as a .260 hitter with a 0.33 EYE and 35-40 homers. If he did, that would put him at a point equidistant between Khris Davis, Yoenis Cespedis on the left, and Jose Bautista, Giancarlo Stanton on the right. Bruce could have several years as Chris Davis. Chris Davis ain't my kind of player, but he is the scoreboard's kind of player.
UZR says Bruce is the worst defensive OF in the National Leagues; scouts firmly insist that is mistaken. Here's an article on it.
Nori Aoki is producing 3.3 runs per game, a number which might be okay if you were winning the gold glove at shortstop. Bruce is at 6.1. The delta between Aoki and Bruce is about the same as a delta between Seth Smith and Mike Trout. In other words, 's worth lookin' at.
One complication: to get Bruce, Boomstick, Lind and Lee into the game at the same time, you'd need Bruce in LF and he's never* done it. So you figure a Lind flush would be part of the deal-io.
Dr. D is not totally sure where a Bruce-Lind swap gets us, unless you buy 98% into this new .550 SLG+ against both right and left hand. But as part of a larger Tinker-Toy reconfig on-the-fly it's bound to be fun.
Other trade noodlings welcome below. We notice our old friend Marcell Ozuna is batting .300/.350/.500 this y'ar.