The Dodgers and Phillies talked about Chase Utley

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This is an ominous — or exciting, depending on your point of view — tweet:

That they have. Now, they still may make a Justin Turner and . . . someone, their platoon at second base.

But if they had a Rollins-Utley middle infield I think the collective Phillies Nation would plotz. Especially if they won something with them. Hell, at this point I want the Dodgers to trade for the entire Phillies roster with the exception of Ryan Howard and win the World Series. Mostly so I can see if Phillies fans would still defend Ryan Howard to me. I bet some would.

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.