Angels expected to non-tender Gordon Beckham

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Tomorrow night is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players on their 40-man roster. With that in mind, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that the Angels are expected to non-tender infielder Gordon Beckham.

Beckham was acquired from the White Sox in late August and batted .268 with two home runs and a .756 OPS in 61 plate appearances down the stretch. The 28-year-old owns a disappointing .660 OPS (80 OPS+) since his rookie season in 2009 and simply isn’t worth the estimated $5 million salary that he would likely receive in his final year of arbitration. The Angels are interested in bringing him back at a lesser rate to serve as a backup infielder, but the former top prospect will be free to explore opportunities elsewhere.

The Angels are also expected to non-tender left-hander Wade LeBlanc, but David Freese will be tendered a contract for 2015. Freese earned $5.05 million this past season while batting .260/.321/.383 with 10 home runs and 55 RBI in 134 games. He’s arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter.

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.