Jay Bruce’s new team could be his old one, at least to start the spring.

With a glut of free-agent bats remaining on a plodding free-agent market, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson acknowledged Thursday there is a decent chance Bruce will begin spring training with the club next month in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

The Mets have tried to trade Bruce since signing Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year, $110 million contract in late November, but to this point haven’t found what they deem a reasonable return for the veteran outfielder.

And a free-agent market that still includes sluggers such as Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo certainly isn’t helping Alderson’s chances of trading Bruce – a disappointment in his two-month tenure with the Mets last season who is owed $13 million for 2017.

“The situation right now has been created by the number of free agents that exist,” Alderson said at Citi Field. “But on Day 1 of spring training, most of those free agents are going to be signed. They are not going to be in the market, so from our standpoint we just have to monitor our needs together with what other clubs may need and be able to respond under the circumstances.”

Alderson has also listened to offers for right fielder Curtis Granderson in recent weeks, but remains hesitant to trade the veteran slugger based on the flexibility he gives the club in the outfield – he can play center field if needed – and in the lineup, batting leadoff or in the middle of the order.