Dodgers talking to free agent starter Jake Peavy

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The Dodgers just traded starting pitcher Dan Haren to the Marlins in a multi-player swap and are now ready to spend some money to fill the vacancy.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the the new-look Los Angeles front office has been “talking to free agent starting pitchers, including Jake Peavy” about joining an LA rotation that already includes Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and Hyun-Jin Ryu. And prospect Andrew Heaney, acquired from Miami for Haren and Dee Gordon, could be ready to contribute in a big way by the early part of the summer.

Peavy found new life this past season after the July 26 trade that sent him from Boston to San Francisco, posting a 2.17 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 58/17 K/BB ratio across 78 2/3 innings for the Giants.

The 33-year-old right-hander obviously likes pitching in the National League West.

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.