Last week there was a rumor that the Colorado Rockies were talking to the Marlins about maybe trading for Dan Haren. That would’ve been a bad idea given Haren’s fly ball tendencies. It probably would be a better idea than this, though:
Vogelsong was 8-13 with a 4.00 ERA in 2014 and 4-6 with a 5.73 ERA in 2013. He turns 38 in July. While he’s not as homer-happy as Dan Haren is, it’s not likely he’d do well in Coors Field either, where he has given up 40 hits, ten of which were homers, in 30 innings over the course of his career, posting a 7.92 ERA.
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.