Indians have talked to Justin Masterson about a reunion

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The Indians have talked to free agent pitcher Justin Masterson about coming back to Cleveland, Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer reports. The club parted with Masterson at the end of July, trading him to the Cardinals in exchange for minor league outfielder James Ramsey.

Masterson had a tough 2014 season. Combining his performances with the Indians and Cardinals, he finished with a 5.88 ERA and a 116/69 K/BB ratio in 128 2/3 innings. He battled through a knee injury, resulting in a 25-day stint on the disabled list between July 8 and August 2.

The Cubs and Red Sox have also been reported to have shown interest in Masterson. He is willing to sign a one-year deal in an attempt to reestablish his value.

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.