Red Sox could make Yoenis Cespedes available

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From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notebook in the Boston Globe:

Word is spreading that the Red Sox could make Cespedes available. He will earn $10.2 million in the final year of his deal. Cespedes said late in the season that he wasn’t sure whether he’d engage in long-term talks with the Red Sox. Couple that with his desire not to play right field or work on his defense, and that could make him a trade candidate as the Red Sox try to pare their outfield depth and possibly make room for Mookie Betts or add a lefthanded hitter.

Boston has an outfield logjam between Betts, Cespedes, Rusney Castillo, Shane Victorino, Allen Craig, and Daniel Nava, so there’s going to be some kind of deal-making this winter. Cespedes was acquired at the July 31 trade deadline in a blockbuster trade that sent Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the A’s. The 29-year-old batted .269/.296/.423 with five home runs and 33 RBI in 51 games down the stretch for the Red Sox. He should be able to fetch another decent return.

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.