Mets tab Bartolo Colon as Opening Day starter

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ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports that Bartolo Colon is expected to start for the Mets on Opening Day, April 6 in Washington against the Nationals. Jacob DeGrom is expected to start the Mets’ home opener on April 13 against the Phillies.

Colon, who turns 42 in May, is in the final year of his two-year, $20 million deal with the Mets. He finished with a 4.09 ERA and a 151/30 K/BB ratio in 202 1/3 innings last season.

DeGrom, 26, broke out last season with a 2.69 ERA and a 144/43 K/BB ratio in 140 1/3 innings as a rookie.

Matt Harvey, returning from Tommy John surgery, is expected to make his 2015 season debut on April 9 against the Nationals. Despite the injury, it’s surprising the Mets aren’t giving him the start for either game.

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.