Some people are over valuing Ruf, while others like myself see him as an upside gamble that might be necessary to play if the Phillies want to reach the postseason.
If you bring in a Cody Ross, you limit downside but you also know there really isn't any upside. A Ruf/Brown platoon could combine to be replacement level or even worse, but there's also a chance they produce elite value. If you start either player outright, you get all the downside (more really) without that elite ceiling.
I'm not really convinced that the Phillies are one steady performer away from contention. They are also giving every indication that they will avoid a major investment this offseason.
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