Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that the Yankees have made a one-year offer to Hiroki Kuroda that’s believed to be worth $15-16 million.
Kuroda turned down a qualifying offer from New York that would have been for one year and $14.1 million, but he did the same thing last offseason before eventually re-signing for $15 million.
Kuroda will be 39 years old before Opening Day and struggled down the stretch, but finished the season with a 3.31 ERA in 201 innings and has been one of the majors’ most consistent, underrated starters since coming over from Japan in 2008.
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.