The Orioles release Travis Snider

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The Orioles have released outfielder Travis Snider, MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports. The club had designated him for assignment on August 7.

Snider compiled a poor .237/.318/.341 triple-slash line with three home runs and 20 RBI in 236 plate appearances. The Orioles upgraded their outfield, acquiring Gerardo Parra and Junior Lake at the trade deadline, which left Snider on the outside looking in. Lake, however, was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday to make room for Henry Urrutia, coming up from Norfolk.

The O’s also purged outfielder David Lough on Friday.

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.