1) The Darin Ruf trade
Without question, the worst move of all made by Eppler is the 2022 Darin Ruf trade. It's what we may remember him for most aside from any major fallout from his handling of the IL. The Ruf trade wins unanimously as the biggest head scratching move of all by Eppler. Why not just keep J.D. Davis and limit his playing time or demote him? He had minor league options.
Why give up three prospects for a struggling right handed hitter who'll be only slightly less limited than his platoon partner, Vogelbach? These are the questions we should ask the gatekeeper, whichever one it may be, when we die.
Martin Luther put together a list of 95 theses. Mets fans could easily top the list for reasons as to why this trade felt icky from the start. The spin was how well Ruf had hit lefties in the past. What’s so bad about the present?
Ruf didn’t hit a single home run for the Mets in any of his 74 chances. He was a putrid .152/.216/.197 hitter for the ball club. Most painful of all, he came days within making the 2023 Opening Day roster.
This trade is the Jason Bay signing for a whole new generation. It doesn’t even matter if the players the Mets gave up do nothing. The addition of Ruf and insistence on giving him a chance the following year alone make this one of those trades that’ll give a fan nightmares forever.