Dan Haren will “probably” retire after the season

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Cubs pitcher Dan Haren, acquired in a trade with the Marlins on Friday, is likely to retire after the season, MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports. Upon arriving in Milwaukee with his new team, he informed Twitter that he’d be wearing the number 50, noting that it was his first number and “probably” his last.

Muskat has the quotes:

“I would say right now the chances are this will probably be it,” Haren said. “I don’t want to say this is it and pull a Brett Favre. That’s why I said ‘probably’ [on Twitter]. At least I leave myself a little way out.

“Chances are this is it,” he said. “After the season, I’ll relax and see where I’m at. I definitely want to make a push to get to where this team wants to go.”

Haren will make his Cubs debut on Wednesday against the Pirates. The veteran of 13 seasons carries a 3.42 ERA with an 88/25 K/BB ratio over 129 innings.

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.