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Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Mets add Ruf in multi-player swap with Giants

The Mets replaced one right-handed bench bat with another on Tuesday, acquiring veteran Darin Ruf from the Giants for J.D. Davis and prospects, sources tell MLB.com.

Neither club has confirmed the deal.

Ruf, 36, has a long history of mashing left-handed pitching, including an .887 OPS against southpaws this season. He is capable of playing first base and both corner outfield positions, though with the Mets, he’s likely to serve mostly as a DH compliment to newly acquired lefties Daniel Vogelbach and Tyler Naquin.

Davis, 29, filled the Mets’ righty bench bat role for the first four months of the season, but he slashed just .238/.324/.359 in 207 plate appearances.

In addition to Davis, left-handed pitching prospects Thomas Szapucki and Nick Zwack and righty pitching prospect Carson Seymour are also reportedly going to the Giants in the deal, per Joel Sherman. Zwack and Seymour were both 2021 Draft picks for the Mets.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 02, 2022 at 04:50 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John Reynard Posted: August 02, 2022 at 08:25 PM (#6089686)
I'm not sure the Vogelbach as LH DH part is better than just using one of Guillorme/McNeil as DH vs righties. Ruf is a useful lefty masher though.
   2. Banta Posted: August 02, 2022 at 08:31 PM (#6089688)
Mets did a lot of shuffling to barely get any better. I like the Naquin move, but the Vogelbach and Ruf moves are probably not any better than letting Davis just hit. And why did Ruf require Davis and three minor leaguers to acquire? Not that they’re anything good, but it seems crazy for a guy who is worse than Davis, both career and this season.

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