A’s avoid arbitration with Ike Davis for $3.8 million

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From Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish comes word that the Athletics have avoided arbitration with first baseman Ike Davis by agreeing to a one-year, $3.8 million contract for the 2015 season.

Davis was designated for assignment by the Pirates on November 20 and then picked up by the A’s a few days later in exchange for international slot money.

The 27-year-old batted just .233/.344/.378 with 11 home runs in 143 games this past season between the Mets and Bucs, but he has good career numbers against right-handed pitching and Oakland is among the best at taking advantage of platoon splits.

The A’s also avoided arbitration on Tuesday evening with reliever Fernando Rodriguez for $635,000, according to MLB Trade Rumors’ Tim Dierkes. They non-tendered Andrew Brown and Kyle Blanks.

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.