According to Mike Perchick of WAPT, the Red Sox and right-hander Rick Porcello have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $12.5 million contract.
Porcello was acquired from the Tigers in December for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. The 26-year-old earned $8.5 million last season while posting a career-best 3.43 ERA and 15 wins to go along with a 129/41 K/BB ratio over a career-high 204 2/3 innings.
Because Porcello was a Super Two player, he was arbitration-eligible for the fourth time this winter. He’s currently due to hit free agency after the 2015 season.
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.