The regular season New York Mets roster continues to change. Before the postseason gets here, we might have a clearer idea of what the postseason roster looks like.
For now, there are certain members of the current crew fans are ready to declare have no business continuing on with the team beyond game 162.
It’s these three Mets players who could have a spot in the playoffs but with some more favorable choices, could get left behind.
1) NY Mets have seen enough from Darin Ruf to include him on the postseason roster
Adding Darin Ruf at the trade deadline was a questionable move. It was even more debatable with what the Mets gave up. J.D. Davis plus three minor leaguers all for Ruf didn’t feel like a strong transaction by Billy Eppler.
We gave it time. More than a month, in fact. The trade has aged poorly already and Ruf doesn’t look like the best fit for the Mets postseason roster.
With Mark Vientos now promoted, there is a competition for the right-handed DH option in the postseason. Vientos should get every at-bat possible over Ruf going forward in the regular season. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t be the other half of the platoon with Daniel Vogelbach. In fact, it might not be such a bad idea to give Vientos opportunities against righties as well.
As for Ruf, he might hang around on the roster for the rest of the season until the Mets can decide to simply not include him on their postseason club. In the offseason, parting with him might require a DFA or maybe a light trade for a minor leaguer.
Either way, he has done nothing to show he belongs on the postseason roster.