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Reds sign Yovani Gallardo

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The Reds signed free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo to a one-year deal on Saturday, according to a team announcement. Terms of the contract have yet to be released, but Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the righty will received $750,000 in guaranteed money and stands to make up to $1 million with additional incentives. The Reds optioned fellow right-hander Zack Weiss to Triple-A Louisville and DFA’d catcher Stuart Turner in order to clear roster space for Gallardo.

It’s been something of a tumultuous offseason for the 32-year-old Gallardo, who inked a one-year, $2 million deal with the Brewers in December and was in the middle of transitioning to a relief role when manager Craig Counsell decided to leave him off the Opening Day roster — both in order to free up more room in the bullpen and because Gallardo had latched onto a 4.73 ERA through his first 13 1/3 innings in camp. He re-entered free agency following his release from the club last Monday, though he’s still expected to collect the $500,000 he was guaranteed in his initial deal with them. Spring training woes aside, the veteran right-hander is coming off of a rough year with the Mariners, one in which he labored through 22 starts and six relief appearances, collecting a 5-10 record, 5.72 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 6.5 SO/9 through 130 2/3 innings.

While it certainly seems like the Reds could use some bullpen depth this spring, especially with Michael Lorenzen (right shoulder strain) and David Hernandez (right shoulder inflammation) sidelined indefinitely, Reds manager Bryan Price declined to define Gallardo’s new role on the team. “Right now, all those guys pitch when we need them,” he told reporters Saturday. “We don’t want to define roles so much. […] He’ll pitch when I need him to pitch. I’ve got great feedback on what kind of guy he is from a competitive standpoint. I think we’ve got a good one here.”

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

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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.