Giants designate Casey McGehee for assignment

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Somewhat surprising news here from Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com

San Francisco acquired Casey McGehee from the Marlins in December to effectively replace Pablo Sandoval at third base, but the 32-year-old woke up Sunday with a brutal .200/.254/.282 batting line and he had tallied just nine RBI in 35 games with the Giants. McGehee drove in 76 runs for Miami last season.

McGehee probably won’t draw any interest on waivers because of the $4.8 million salary he’s due in his final year of arbitration. Giants general manager Bobby Evans said after the transaction was announced Sunday that he hopes McGehee accepts an assignment to the club’s Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento.

Matt Duffy is expected to serve as San Francisco’s everyday third baseman going forward.

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.