Originally written on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 11/23/12
Darin Ruf leads Winter League with 10 home runs Winter ball for the Phillies Darin Ruf has been overall a success. Ruf who is playing in the Venezuelan Winter League is leading the league after 32 games with 10 home runs. Ruf is also tied for the lead in RBI with 27 and is among the league leaders in  runs,slugging, doubles and slugging percentage. Reports coming from Venezuela media do not have Ruf returning for the second half of the season. The departure of Juan Pierre who signed with Miami does not come as a great surprise. The Phillies who were on the record as “wanting to resign him” were unlikely to do so. The Phillies plan of making Ruf their everyday left-fielder is starting to come to shape. The brief stint in Winter Ball hardly a complete nod for the job certainly is enough to give him a shot this spring. Dollars and Cents will play a huge part of the Phillies winter as they have big needs for the 2013 season. Ruf comes cheap and he will be under club control for quite some time. To find a free-agent who can protect Ryan Howard will not come any cheaper than Ruf and the Phillies still need to find an everyday player at third. Do the Phillies plan to use Brown and Mayberry to round out the outfield? I would doubt either are planned as everyday players, making the Ruf in left campaign all the more likely; as the Phillies could be spending big money for those spots as well.Similar Posts: Ruf proves he can play in the majors – Will he be the Phillies left fielder in 2013? Left-field, the Phillies have got that covered Can Ruben Amaro Jr. put the Phillies back together again? Trading Ryan Howard, a move the Phillies could make It’s official, the Phillies are out of the race
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