The Justin Upton rumors are growing. The Pirates are interested too.

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Yesterday we heard that Orioles are interested in Justin Upton (or could settle for Carlos Gomez). Today Jon Morosi of Fox adds that the Pirates could be in on that Upton action as well:

The Mercer stuff is based on this earlier report, of course. But really, if they have a bad bat/good glove infielder to cover for Mercer they could add Upton and put him in front of Gregory Polanco, who has hit a paltry .241/.318/.344 this year.

Upton is a free agent after this season and the Padres are unlikely to sign him so they’re clearly willing to send him to a club that’ll use him as a rental.

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.