Report: Rangers, Marlins discussing trade involving pitchers

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers and Marlins have been discussing a trade involving pitching. The Rangers, who lost Yu Darvish for the season due to Tommy John surgery, need rotation depth and apparently have interest in Brad Hand. They also need a second left-hander in the bullpen, and the Marlins’ Mike Dunn could fill that gap.

Hand, a left-hander who turned 25 years old on Friday, has a career 4.42 ERA with a 123/88 K/BB ratio over 195 1/3 innings in the majors. Hand is out of options and the Marlins’ starting rotation is full, so he would either open up the season as a reliever or he’d move on to another team.

Dunn, 29, is also out of options. He’s proved effective out of the bullpen for the Marlins over the last two seasons, compiling a combined 2.89 ERA with a 139/50 K/BB ratio over 124 2/3 innings. Over his career, he’s held left-handed hitters to an OPS 115 points lower than right-handed hitters.

[Update, 7:04 PM EST] MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins aren’t looking to move Dunn.

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.