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Darin Ruf falls 14 days shy of qualifying for salary arbitration

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Dodgers 1B/OF Darin Ruf appeared to be on his way to qualifying for salary arbitration as a “Super Two” player. A “Super Two” player must rank in the top 22 percent of players in service time, having between two and three years of service time. The collective bargaining agreement has one other stipulation, however, which is that a “Super Two” player must have accrued 86 days of service time in the immediately preceding season, as Eric Stephen of SB Nation’s True Blue LA notes.

The Dodgers acquired Ruf along with Darnell Sweeney from the Phillies in the Howie Kendrick trade two months ago.

Ruf, 30, hit a meager .205/.236/.337 with three home run sand nine RBI in 89 plate appearances at the big league level this past season. He has an overall .747 OPS across parts of five seasons in the majors.

Indians sign Melvin Upton Jr. to a minor league deal

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The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.

Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.

Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.