We heard about this morning from Buster Olney, and despite the Cubs trading for Dan Haren, it’s still supposedly going on:
No hints at all regarding what it may entail, though it’s well-known that the Padres are making multiple players available. Particularly starting pitchers, which the Red sox could use, and Justin Upton who could work in Chicago. That’s all speculation of course. The last three team deal involved 13 players, so anything is possible.
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.