Yankees still in on David Robertson, could go four years

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The Yankees just made a big commitment to a free agent reliever, signing left-hander Andrew Miller last Friday to a four-year, $36 million contract. But they’re not done addressing the back end of their bullpen.

According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Yanks remain heavily interested in re-signing closer David Robertson and “seem flexible” about giving the 29-year-old right-hander a four-year deal.

Robertson is also drawing serious interest from the Astros, who were in on Miller until the very end. And the White Sox are expected to continue their pursuit of Robertson, even after finalizing a trade with the A’s for Jeff Samardzija.

Robertson boasts a dominant 2.20 ERA, 1.097 WHIP, and 12.3 K/9 in 258 innings since the beginning of the 2011 season and he saved 39 games for the Yankees in 2014. He’d likely stay at closer in New York, with Miller and Dellin Betances serving as his setup men. That’s quite a group of late-inning relievers.

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.