Ken Rosenthal of The Athletci reports that the Astros and free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos have a deal in place, pending a physical. The specifics of the contract are not yet known but should be shortly.
Chirinos, 34, spent his last six seasons with the Rangers, hitting an aggregate .233/.325/.443 with 67 home runs and 197 RBI across 1,546 plate appearances. He has also graded out mostly as an above-average defender.
Chirinos will share playing time behind the dish with Max Stassi. The Astros utilized Brian McCann and Martín Maldonado along with Stassi this past season, but both went into free agency. McCann signed with the Braves recently while Maldonado is still unsigned.
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.