Mets trade for Darin Ruf, send JD Davis to Giants in five-man time limit trade, reports say

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The New York Mets acquired outfielder and first baseman Darin Ruf from the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, Andy Martino reports. According to Joel Shermanfour players — infielder JD Davis, left-hander Thomas Szapucki and pitching prospects Nick Zwack and Carson Seymour — are returning to the Giants as part of the deal.

Ruf, who just turned 36, is a powerful right-handed batter who can play left field and first base. This season, he’s batting .216/.328/.373 with 11 home runs and 90 games. For his career, Ruf has a OPS+ of 113 and an impressive OPS of .929 against left-handed pitchers.

In Queens, Ruf is likely in line to be the right half of a DH squad with Dan Vogelbach and also serve as the go-to hitter on the right side. Ruf is contracted for $3 million next season, and his deal includes a $3.5 million team option/$250,000 buyout for 2024.

On the Giants side, Davis can play inside corners and in recent seasons he has played on the left. Although his offensive numbers are down this season, he has been productive at the plate during his six-year MLB career. Davis is not eligible for free agency until after the 2024 season. Szapucki, 26, has struggled in very limited exposure at the highest level but has a successful record in the high minors. Zwack, a left-hander, and Seymour, a right-hander, have both pitched A-ball this season. Zwack struggled at High-A St. Lucie, while Seymour looked strong at that same level.

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