Bringing back David Robertson is a priority for the Yankees

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The Yankees made a $15.3 million qualifying offer to closer David Robertson, but he rejected it to become a free agent on Monday. The Yankees are still making it a top priority to bring him back according to Bill Madden of the New York Daily News.

While he wasn’t as dominant as he had been in previous seasons, Robertson did a fine job replacing Mariano Rivera, who retired after the 2013 season. In 64 1/3 innings, Robertson accrued 39 saves with a 3.08 ERA and a 96/23 K/BB ratio.

The Yankees wouldn’t be in dire straits if they didn’t bring Robertson back, but keeping him at the back end after Dellin Betances and recently-acquired lefty Justin Wilson, as well as Shawn Kelley and Adam Warren, gives them a very deep bullpen that could rank among the best in the league.

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.