WASHINGTON — After addressing the left-handed aspect of their designated hitter scenario late final month the Mets accomplished the equation Tuesday earlier than shifting to the bullpen.
They acquired veteran right-handed hitter Darin Ruf from the Giants in a commerce for J.D. Davis and minor league pitchers Thomas Szapucki, Carson Seymour and Nick Zwack. In a separate commerce, the Mets acquired right-handed reliever Mychal Givens from the Cubs for minor league right-hander Saul Gonzalez.
The strikes bolstered the Mets’ depth, however catcher and left-handed aid went unaddressed, leaving query marks in each spots. Within the days and weeks earlier than the commerce deadline, the Mets acquired left-handed hitters Daniel Vogelbach and Tyler Naquin from the Pirates and Reds, respectively.
The 36-year-old Ruf owns an .886 OPS towards lefties and can present a sturdier presence within the right-handed DH spot than Davis, who struggled within the function this season.
“[Ruf] is likely one of the guys I do know our individuals focused, and we expect it’s addition,” supervisor Buck Showalter stated earlier than the Mets confronted the Nationals. “It’s piece and one thing we have to be higher at.”
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Givens, 32, went 6-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 40 appearances for the Cubs this season. He’ll be a part of Adam Ottavino, Seth Lugo and Trevor Might (who shall be activated from the injured record on Wednesday) in giving the Mets a high-upside, right-handed bullpen presence main into Edwin Diaz.
The Mets had talked to the Cubs about David Robertson, in accordance with a supply, earlier than the veteran reliever was traded to the Phillies. Catcher Willson Contreras (who in the end remained with the Cubs) was additionally on the Mets’ radar. Common supervisor Billy Eppler, nevertheless, discovered the asking value too steep for each Robertson and Contreras.
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Eppler additionally wasn’t enthralled with the asking value for left-handed relievers available on the market. The Tigers’ Andrew Chafin was a chance, in accordance with a supply.
“We really did come shut on the left-handed market, however simply couldn’t get the value level to an space we thought was affordable sufficient for us, given the place we had been within the season and what we had been going to should yield to try this,” Eppler stated, including the group has inner choices that may be thought of earlier than the tip of the season and hasn’t misplaced religion in veteran Joely Rodriguez, who has pitched to a 5.72 ERA this season.
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Eppler stated the mission at this commerce deadline was to enhance with out surrendering the group’s prime prospects. It’s a bunch that features names resembling Francisco Alvarez, Brett Baty, Alex Ramirez, Mark Vientos and Ronny Mauricio.
“One of many issues we’ve got talked about right here is attempting to keep up that organizational self-discipline to attempt to crush any urge to make a snap or impulsive resolution and quit massive quantities of future World Collection odds or expectation simply in alternate for marginal positive factors proper now,” Eppler stated. “I believe a few of that undisciplined pondering can result in years of mediocrity.”
Showalter stated Ruf will most likely be a part of the Mets in time for the Wednesday afternoon collection finale towards the Nationals.
“[The Giants] obtained participant and we obtained participant, and it’s a kind of issues that I believe will work out for each golf equipment,” Showalter stated. “J.D. has been teammate, and he’s achieved some good issues for us and been instrumental in a few of our wins. We hope he does properly, and he’ll.”
Davis had a .238/.324/.359 slash line with 4 homers and 21 RBIs in 66 video games for the Mets this season. The Mets had been affected person with him for a lot of the season, hopeful that he was on the verge of a breakout due to his sturdy peripheral numbers, however he by no means rebounded in a passable method. Davis shared the DH spot with Dominic Smith a lot of this season.
“It was a bit of little bit of ups and downs,” Davis stated. “It was extra so of getting sport after which not taking part in as a part of the system that was over right here. … It’s actual arduous to get your rhythm going, particularly you probably have a four-hit sport or hit a house run and you aren’t within the lineup the subsequent day or for the subsequent three days.”