The Athletics have released outfielder Cody Ross, according to MLB.com’s transactions page. Ross had been designated for assignment on Saturday.
Ross was released by the Diamondbacks in early April, as the club chose to eat the $9.5 million remaining on his contract ($8.5 million for 2015 plus a $1 million buyout for 2016). The Athletics snapped him up, but Ross recorded only two hits (both singles) in 25 plate appearances.
Ross, 34, battled calf injuries over the past two seasons, which unsurprisingly has sapped him of his power. After hitting 22 home runs in 528 plate appearances in 2012, he combined to hit 10 in 570 PA between 2013-14.
Now a free agent, Ross will try to continue his major league career elsewhere.
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.