New York Mets Release Veteran Utilityman

On the free agent market.

Darin Ruf was released by the New York Mets after being designated for assignment last week.

Ruf had struggled at the plate for the Mets, hitting just .152/.216/.197 in 29 games last season, and continued to struggle during spring training, batting .167/.265/.233 in Grapefruit League action.

Despite this, Ruf's past work, including hitting a career-high of 16 home runs with the San Francisco Giants in 2021, may attract interest from other teams, especially as a platoon option against left-handed pitchers.

However, with his limited ability to play first base and corner outfield combined with his poor performance last season, the 36-year-old may have to accept a minor-league deal during free agency to continue his career.

The Mets will remain on the hook for his $3M salary for this year and $250K buyout on next year's option, as no other team was willing to trade for or claim Ruf on waivers. Photo Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports