New York Mets acquire Darin Ruf from San Francisco Giants, Mychal Givens from Chicago Cubs

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022
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The NL East-leadingNew York Mets acquired outfielder Darin Ruf from the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday for infielder J.D. Davis and three pitching prospects.

The Mets also added to their bullpen, acquiring right-handed reliever Mychal Givens from the Chicago Cubsfor another minor league pitching prospect.

The right-handed hitting Ruf, 36, is hitting .216 with 11 home runs and 38 RBIs this season. He has an .886 OPS against lefties, giving the Mets a player to platoon at designated hitter with left-handed-hitting Daniel Vogelbach, who will start against right-handers. The Mets acquired Vogelbach last month in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Davis, 29, struggled this season when called upon to fill the DH spot and is hitting .238 with four home runs and 21 RBIs this season.

Givens, 32, is 6-2 with two saves and a 2.66 ERA over 40 innings pitched this season. Givens pitched for Mets manager Buck Showalter with the Baltimore Orioles from 2015-18 when Showalter was Baltimore's manager.

The Giants also received left-hander Nick Zwack, right-hander Carson Seymour and Thomas Szapucki.

Zwack, 24, is 6-2 with 2.36 ERA in 18 appearances (15 starts) in two Class A stops in the Mets' system, while Seymour, 23, is 5-5 with a 2.76 ERA in 18 appearances (13 stops) in two Class A stops.

Szapucki, 26 and currently at Triple-A Syracuse, made one major league start this season, allowing four home runs and nine earned runs in 1 innings in a start against the Giants. He is 2-6 with a 3.38 ERA in 18 appearances (16 starts) for Syracuse.

In exchange for Givens, the Cubs receivedright-hander Saul Gonzalez, a 22-year-old right-hander who is 2-1 with a 2.81 ERA in 25 innings pitched for Class A St. Lucie this season.