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.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.