The Mariners are making Jesus Montero and Justin Smoak available

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Not the biggest surprise in the world given that the M’s added Corey Hart and Logan Morrison yesterday, but:

Both would seem to be prime candidates for a change of scenery anyway, as their status as top prospects has fizzled in Seattle. Indeed, it’s hard to find two hitters in all of Major League Baseball who have performed more poorly than Smoak and Montero. Each are still young, however, so it’s not out of the question that they’ll be plusses for someone, somewhere.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

Darin Ruf
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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.