Brewers release former All-Star closer Chris Perez

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Here’s how quickly things have unraveled for right-hander Chris Perez: At age 26 he was an All-Star closer for the second straight season. At age 28 he was an ineffective middle reliever. And now at age 29 he was just released by the Brewers after settling for a minor-league contract.

Perez pitched just fine this spring, posting a 2.70 ERA in 10 appearances, but he managed just five strikeouts in 10 innings after logging 46 innings with a 4.27 ERA and 39/25 K/BB ratio for the Dodgers last season.

Milwaukee asked him to accept an assignment to the minors, but Perez preferred to be released so that he can try to latch on elsewhere. From 2010-2012 he had a 2.84 ERA with 98 saves and 159 strikeouts in 180 innings for Cleveland, but that guy looks gone for good now.

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.