New York Mets

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 23: Darin Ruf #33 of the San Francisco Giants smiles on the field prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 23, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

The trading deadline brought home a mixed bag for the New York Mets who desperately needed help at catcher and in the bullpen, and in the end struggled to address their needs as there no real big deals to be made with the Amazin’s.

The Mets tried to get a catcher like Wilson Contreas, but found the price too steep.

Instead New York shipped popular clubhouse veteran J.D. Davis and three minor league pitchers to the San Francisco Giants for aging part-time outfielder Darin Ruf. The Mets then completed a last second deal with the Cubs to acquire reliever Mychal Givens.

Ruf is hitting only .216 on the season with 11 homers and 38 RBI. He has never been a big average hitter, and struggles against right handed pitchers. Ruf has good numbers against lefties, hitting .252 against them. In other words Ruf is a right-handed version of Daniel Vogelbach.

Givens had a solid season in Chicago, pitching to a 2.66 ERA in more than 40 innings this season. He will lengthen a bullpen that needs help.

Still the moves didn’t satisfy Mets fans who pounded the front office on social media for not getting greater impact players. Especially after the Phillies acquired former Met Noah Syndergaard, and reliever David Robertson from the Cubs (a player many thought would have been packaged with Contrares in a potential Mets deal). And, after the Padres acquired both Juan Soto and Josh Bell.