1. NY Mets DH Darin Ruf should already be on the trade block
The New York Mets should already be fielding calls for designated hitter Darin Ruf. The Mets are covered all over the infield with position players to spare, and already have Daniel Vogelbach occupying the DH spot.
Sure, Ruf could rebound after a 2022 season that saw him hit just .204, but New York has plenty of players who could step into the role that is carved out for Ruf in 2023.
Ruf is little more than right-handed hitting designated hitter that will find his way into the lineup against left-handed pitchers. The aforementioned Vogelbach will ride the pine when a southpaw is on the bump, allowing Ruf to take his hacks.
But the Mets have so many other players who could fill this role. Tommy Pham and Francisco Alvarez are both right-handed bats, as is Mark Vientos.
Darin Ruf has a very affordable contract and could be a platoon option elsewhere as a designated hitter or corner infielder. Why Ruf is still on the team is rather puzzling, but Billy Epler should already be attempting to move on from the former San Francisco Giants infielder.