Rough from KBO, trade failure → release… The Mets lost $3.25 million

Darin Ruff (37), a hard hitter from the Samsung Lions in the KBO League, was finally released from the New York Mets. 

American media such as ‘ESPN’ reported on the 4th (Korean time) that the New York Mets released a rough last weekend. On the 27th메이저사이트, when the Mets put pitcher Tommy Hunter on the 26-man opening roster, Ruff was designated for transfer (DFA). After a week, we broke up completely. 

Even during the waiver period after Yang’s nomination, no team wanted a rough. The rough value was not high enough to accept the condition of adding a buyout amount of $250,000 to the club option of $3 million this year and $3.5 million next year, and the Mets’ attempt to trade ended in failure as expected. 

Ruff is a familiar player to Korean baseball fans. He played an active role as a central hitter for three years in the KBO League Samsung Lions from 2017 to 2019. In 2017, he was also the RBI leader (124 points). He returned to the United States after a contract renewal with Samsung failed in 2020 and signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants before returning to the big leagues. 

Ruff, who played an active role as a backup, achieved a major performance in 2021 with a batting average of 2.7 1 Lee, 16 homers, 43 RBIs, and an OPS of .904 in 117 games. He signed a multi-year contract with San Francisco ahead of the season in March of last year with a two-year guarantee of $6.25 million and a maximum of three years of $9.5 million, but his performance last year was noticeably declining. 

In 118 games, he had a batting average of .204, 11 home runs, and 45 RBIs, with an OPS of .645. At the trade deadline in August, the Mets gave him four players, including starting player JD Davis, to take the rough, but after the transfer, he fell short of expectations with a batting average of .152, no home runs, 7 RBIs, and an OPS of .413 in 28 games. He even suffered a neck injury at the end of the season, and received injection treatment for a wrist injury in spring training this year. 

Even in the demonstration game, he failed to rebound with an OPS of .498 with 11 points, 5 hits in 30 at-bats, 106.7 ri, and 1 RBI, and the Mets decided to release him following DFA. For the Mets, he lost $3.25 million, including his annual salary of $3 million this year and the buyout amount of $250,000 following the abandonment of the team option next year. He blew money for no gain, missing up to 4 players. 

Although it is a rough that leaves no good memories in the Mets, it is useful as a designated hitter or pinch hitter as a right-handed hitter who is strong against left-handed pitchers. Although he is old, it is not expected that it will be difficult for him to re-enter the major leagues as he can be recruited with a minimum annual salary of 720,000 dollars.

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