Giants, Brandon Crawford avoid arbitration with one-year deal

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Shortstop Brandon Crawford and the Giants have agreed to a one-year, $3.175 million deal, avoiding arbitration.

Crawford requested $3.95 million and the Giants countered at $2.4 million, so they settle at the exact midpoint.

Arbitration eligible for the first time, the slick-fielding Crawford hit .246 with 10 homers and a .713 OPS in 153 games last season while setting career-bests in most offensive categories at age 27.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

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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.