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Monday, March 27, 2023

Mets give up on Darin Ruf after disastrous run with team

The Mets have accepted failure with their trade for Darin Ruf by designating the righty hitter for assignment, The Post has learned.

The Mets decided they would rather have Tim Locastro’s speed off the bench in a year when new rules are expected to enhance stolen bases over continuing to try to revive Ruf in New York.

The Mets currently owe Ruf $3.25 million – $3 million for 2023 and $250,000 as a buyout on a $3.5 million option for 2024.

They have until Monday to trade him and try to offset some of that money.

After that, Ruf would become a free agent and can then sign for the major league minimum, with the Mets responsible for the rest.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 27, 2023 at 11:20 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JJ1986 Posted: March 27, 2023 at 01:01 PM (#6121448)
The Mets lost the division by a tiebreaker and Ruf had a -1.0 WAR. JD Davis had a .9 WAR with the Giants, though he had twice as many PAs.
   2. Karl from NY Posted: March 27, 2023 at 02:31 PM (#6121464)
The Mets lost the division by a tiebreaker

Technically true but not really what happened. The Braves clinched after 161 so didn't care about 162 and just pitched the mess of the bottom of the bullpen.
   3. DCA Posted: March 27, 2023 at 03:56 PM (#6121485)
That disastrous run was only 74 PA. His last 74 PA with the Giants he had a 750 OPS on fluky-low BABIP. In one playoff game, he reached base in 2 of 3 PA.

He was really bad with the Mets, and he's old and redundant, so this is fine ... but there's a good chance he can still put up an 800+ OPS if given the opportunity.
   4. Hombre Brotani Posted: March 27, 2023 at 04:02 PM (#6121487)
I think the Giants could use a first baseman off the bench. Or even on the regular. I refuse to believe a big league team is going to start Wilmer Flores at first base ever day.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: March 27, 2023 at 07:29 PM (#6121521)
I refuse to believe a big league team is going to start Wilmer Flores at first base ever day.

And it's not the Pirates! (Yet)

That disastrous run was only 74 PA.

In fairness to NYM, that "disaster" has continued for 35 PA this spring at 167/265/233.
   6. Cblau Posted: March 27, 2023 at 09:30 PM (#6121537)
I can't see why they'd get rid of him, as well as he pitched for them last year.
   7. Ron J Posted: March 27, 2023 at 09:42 PM (#6121541)
Yeah but Ruf's peripherals were worrying. I don't like the long term chances of success for a pitcher with a K/9 of 0 (even with a walk rate of zero) and a BABIP of .143

Haven't checked his velocity or spin rate but I doubt they're encouraging.

(Today's episode of reading way too much into a tiny sample size is brought to you by ...)
   8. Lassus Posted: March 27, 2023 at 11:34 PM (#6121550)
I get dinged for being pessimistic (except on Ruben Tejada!), but this was a #### acquisition from the word go and I was at least right on this one.
   9. Howie Menckel Posted: March 28, 2023 at 12:44 AM (#6121561)
My best friend is a diehard Mets fan (who took me to 1986 WS Game 7 at Shea), and he is a very calm person.

so when he gets deranged about the occasional Met, I enjoy the heck out of it.

McCann (or "McCant," as he enjoyed saying at 2022 games) and Ruf were the chief targets of his wrath.

maybe there's something to be said for 'reading the room' meaning the fan base and deciding that dumping Ruf and keeping Locastro instead - while it probably means nothing to the final record - is encouraging to the diehards.

especially true because the previous Wilpon regime was perceived as always focusing on the bottom line.
dumping Ruf for Locastro costs the Mets some money. Cohen doesn't care, and he gains even more of the substantial good will he already has.

may the best 26-man roster win.
   10. Anthony22 Posted: March 31, 2023 at 01:21 PM (#6122025)
Start by inspecting the entire toilet, including the components, to make sure they are in good condition. If any parts need to be replaced, it’s important to do so as soon as possible.
   11. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 31, 2023 at 01:32 PM (#6122026)

After Hoskins got hurt, I was kind of expecting Ruf to get picked up by the Phils and hit 25 HR this year.
   12. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: March 31, 2023 at 01:40 PM (#6122028)
I refuse to believe a big league team is going to start Wilmer Flores at first base ever day.

This is the franchise who put Shawon Dunston at DH in the 2003 WS.
   13. Accent Shallow is still reading xi as squiggle Posted: March 31, 2023 at 02:25 PM (#6122032)
Start by inspecting the entire toilet,

Given this thread, an opening like this fits, and I didn't even realize this was spam until I glanced at the link at the end.
   14. jingoist Posted: March 31, 2023 at 02:59 PM (#6122036)
I completely agree this was the correct thread to insert a toilet spam.
Spam, Spam, Spam Eggs and Spam!

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