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Giants sign Vic Black to minor league deal

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The Giants signed veteran right-handed reliever Vic Black to a minor league deal on Friday, per MLB.com’s Rich MacLeod. It’s the first time Black has popped up on anyone’s radar since he underwent shoulder surgery last spring, though MacLeod notes that the righty has been hitting decent numbers on the radar gun during recent workout sessions. The move was verified by Black on Twitter earlier this evening and is pending official confirmation by the team:

Black, 28, was last seen working the tail end of his first full season in the majors in 2014. He delivered a 2.60 ERA, 4.9 BB/9 and 8.3 SO/9 through 34 2/3 innings with the Mets, but was sidelined by a herniated disc in his neck and eventually shut down in September with a right rotator cuff strain. After a season-long rehab stint in the minors, Black elected free agency in November 2015 and underwent an additional arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder in early 2016.

Heading into 2017, the righty appears to have made a full recovery, though he has yet to take the mound for a professional team since the procedure. Assuming he returns to the mound with good health and a working fastball, he could bring some depth to the Giants’ bullpen, which currently ranks eighth-worst in the league with a cumulative 4.89 ERA.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.