David Price on contract extension talk: “I don’t feel like closing any doors.”


Tigers starter David Price would prefer that contract extension discussions end sooner rather than later, but would be open to negotiations during the regular season, as Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports. Most upcoming big-name free agents, like Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann for example, will negotiate until Opening Day, at which point their attention shifts to their jobs on the field.

The Tigers acquired Price from the Rays in a three-way trade at the deadline last year. Over 11 starts in his new uniform, Price posted a 3.59 ERA with an 82/15 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings. The Tigers lost his only post-season start despite allowing only two runs over eight innings in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Orioles.

Nightengale suggests Price will fetch $150 million at minimum if he were to reach free agency, and he could potentially get a windfall similar to Max Scherzer’s $210 million from the Nationals. The Tigers offered Scherzer $144 million over six years, which Scherzer rejected, and never seriously contemplated going above $144 million for the right-hander’s services.

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.