Yankees were outbid on Andrew Miller and still won

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Per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY, Yankees GM Brian Cashman confirmed that reliever Andrew Miller had a four-year, $40 million offer on the table from another team [Update: it was the Astros, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney], which prompted the Yankees to bump their offer up from $32 million to $36 million. That was enough to sway Miller to sign with the Yankees earlier today.

The addition of Miller, along with Dellin Betances, gives the Yankees a formidable back of the bullpen. Joel Sherman of the New York Post has a hunch that the Yankees will try to get 140 combined innings out of the two, with both being used interchangeably in the closer’s role. Of course, that would change if the Yankees end up bringing back David Robertson.

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.