A’s avoid arbitration with reliever Tyler Clippard

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As first reported by MLB.com’s Jane Lee, the A’s have avoided arbitration with reliever Tyler Clippard by agreeing to a one-year, $8.3 million deal. This was the final unresolved arbitration case for Oakland.

Clippard posted a stellar 2.18 ERA, 0.995 WHIP, and 82/23 K/BB ratio in 70 1/3 innings last season for the Nationals. He was traded to the A’s in mid-January for infielder Yunel Escobar and could see some time at closer for Oakland in April while Sean Doolittle recovers from a slight tear in his left rotator cuff.

Clippard asked for a salary of $8.85 million and was offered $7.775 million from the A’s when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. The 29-year-old can become a free agent after the 2015 season.

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.