News that Bobby Valentine and John Gibbons are both out of the running for Seattle’s managerial opening has people starting to connect some dots suggesting that the Mariners are leaning very heavily toward Eric Wedge as their new manager.
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that “all signs point toward” Wedge getting the job and Buster Olney noted earlier today that Wedge “did very, very well in his interview.”
Based on the list of guys they interviewed the Mariners are clearing looking for someone with previous experience managing in the majors and Wedge certainly fits that description, going 561-573 (.495) in seven seasons as the Indians’ manager prior to being fired at the end of 2009.
The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.
Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.
Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.