3 realistic and affordable Darin Ruf upgrades

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3) NY Mets potential Darin Ruf upgrade No. 3: Luke Voit

If you looked up who led the major leagues in home runs during the COVID-19 season in 2020, the answer would be Luke Voit, who clubbed 22 of them in just 213 at-bats. But that was three years ago, and his value has diminished since his magical year for the Yankees, but this decline is not as dramatic as Duvall's.

Voit got to this point in his career where he can contribute on his ability to smoke the ball more often at the plate than most hitters in the sport. His barrel rate over his career is an elite 14.3 percent, which is more than double the average of 6.7 percent across the majors over his career.

He recently became a free agent after the Washington Nationals did not tender him a contract for the season, and was part of the trade that sent Juan Soto from the Nationals to the San Diego Padres.

The ban on infield shifts in 2023 would benefit Voit as most of his batted balls are pulled, and he has been used to having three infielders on the left side of the infield. It'll be easier for him to pull and get his batting average up.

Voit is someone that can lift the Mets off the bench, and has very good career pinch-hitting numbers. He has a .310 career batting average and .894 OPS in this role over 58 at-bats, and has a .293 career batting average with two outs and men in scoring position.

Voit has more raw power and having someone like Eric Chavez on the coaching staff would help him hit for more contact, something missing from his game.

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