3 realistic and affordable Darin Ruf upgrades

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2) NY Mets potential Darin Ruf upgrade No. 2: Adam Duvall

Like Mancini, Adam Duvall is coming off a season of decreased offensive production from the season prior, but he showed that he still has some gas left to burn.

Duvall was the National League RBI leader in 2021, when he drove in 113 runs (and hit 38 home runs) between the Marlins and the Braves and hit three home runs in the postseason. Last year, however, he hit just .213 with 12 home runs in 287 at-bats.

He would be a candidate to make the Mets roster if they sign him as he could be the team's fourth outfielder and would be a good one for that matter as he won a Gold Glove in 2021. The Mets would ideally want Jeff McNeil to stay at second base (although he did make 44 starts as a corner outfielder last season) so Duvall would allow McNeil to stay at second base in case any of their starting outfielders go down.

Duvall would make a good bounceback candidate for next year, as he has averaged a home run per 17 at-bats during his nine year career, but averaged just one per 24 at-bats for Atlanta a year ago. Duvall would bring more to the table defensively for New York with one signing than Darin Ruf has ever done. It would take a one-year, MLB guaranteed contract (like for around $5 million) for him to sign.

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