Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is already making friends in his new digs. Check out this leaping catch he made to rob Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki of a home run this afternoon:
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Cespedes, who was acquired from the Red Sox for Rick Porcello this winter, also made an impact with the bat. He went 2-for-4 with a double, triple, and two runs scored. His triple, as you’ll see in the video linked here, probably would have been a home run in most parks.
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.