Tigers “are prepared to spend big, big dollars” to re-sign Max Scherzer

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Max Scherzer turned down a $144 million extension offer from Detroit during spring training and when the Tigers acquired David Price at midseason many people assumed they did so in part to balance out not being able to re-sign Scherzer as a free agent, but … well, not so fast.

According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com the Tigers “are prepared to spend big, big dollars” to re-sign Scherzer and they also want to keep Price around for the final year of his contract in 2015.

Even without re-signing Scherzer the Tigers’ rotation is currently costing them nearly $80 million, so they’d likely be going over the $100 million mark for the starting five alone (and/or perhaps trading someone like Rick Porcello).

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.