2) NY Mets still need to decide if Darin Ruf is worthy of a roster spot
No. Just no.
Darin Ruf never should’ve made it this far with the Mets. He was a sunk cost. Billy Eppler is trying to make him happen. If Gretchen Wieners couldn’t make “fetch” happen then there is little doubt Ruf will have a sudden turnaround.
There are further complications with keeping Ruf on the roster. He becomes a “matter of time” DFA candidate blocking any number of the Mets prospects we’re all eager to see. Brett Baty and Mark Vientos are the two closest to getting their big league shot with Francisco Alvarez only a few months of improving his defensive game away from joining them.
It wouldn’t be shocking to see the Mets make the smart move and DFA Ruf before Opening Day. A trade for some cash or a low-level prospect is the best case scenario to look forward to. Of course, any trade involving him would require Steve Cohen to continue cutting a portion of the checks.
Most fans would agree this isn’t so much a decision as much as it is procrastination on Eppler’s part. Keeping Ruf around while the kids learn a little more in the minors delays gratification.
Will the GM give us what we want, what we really, really want?