Reds GM Walt Jocketty says he’s not trading Todd Frazier

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The Reds sit at 36-41 on the year and are widely-expected to be sellers leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. However, contrary to some speculation, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer today that he has no plans to trade third baseman Todd Frazier.

“No, I wouldn’t trade him,” he said. “I think all that talk is coming from the New York media.”

He’s not wrong. With David Wright’s status in question due to spinal stenosis, some in the New York media have opined that Frazier would be a “perfect fit” for the Mets. He’s second in the majors with 25 home runs, so his production is a big part of that, but he’s also from Toms River, New Jersey and would bring that local flavor to the mix. It makes sense in a hypothetical scenario, but it’s mostly wishful thinking. The 29-year-old Frazier is making $3.75 million this year and $8.25 million in 2016 before one final year of arbitration in 2017, so he could bring a monster haul if the Reds decide to move him, but there’s nothing to indicate that they have considered it. There’s also no rush to make a decision on his future unless they are overwhelmed by an offer.

While Frazier is off the table, impending free agents like Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake are likely to be traded in the next month. Aroldis Chapman, a luxury for a non-contender, could also be dealt.

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.