Twins designate Chris Parmelee for assignment

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The Twins designated infielder/outfielder Chris Parmelee for assignment today in order to clear a spot for the newly-signed Ervin Santana on the team’s 40-man roster.

Parmelee was a first-round pick of the Twins in 2006 and showed solid production at times in the minors, but it hasn’t translated at the major league level. He owns a .249/.317/.392 batting line over 273 games with the Twins and batted .256 with seven home runs and a .691 OPS this past season. He turns 27 in February.

Parmelee previously cleared waivers back in March, so there’s a chance that it could happen again. However, if it does, he could opt for free agency.

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.