Yankees and Blue Jays have called the Angels about Howie Kendrick


Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick has drawn some interest from the Yankees and the Blue Jays, according to a report from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Both teams have called the Angels, though it still appears more likely than not that Kendrick remains in Los Angeles.

Kendrick, 31, is entering the final year of a four-year, $33.5 million contract extension signed in January 2012, so he will be a free agent after the 2015 season. He hit .293/.347/.397 with seven home runs, 75 RBI, and 14 stolen bases this past season.

The Angels have also made third baseman David Freese available, but they would have an easier time replacing Kendrick as they have Gordon Beckham — acquired in a trade with the White Sox back in August — next on the depth chart.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

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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.