Ruf be gone

That sigh you heard might have been Scott Van Slyke who just saw his biggest competition for backup 1st baseman leave the Dodgers to sign a deal in Korea. Darin Ruf can earn twice as much in Korea and doesn’t have to worry about playing AAA instead of Los Angeles.

SEOUL, Feb. 17 (Yonhap) — South Korean baseball club Samsung Lions on Friday announced their signing of former major league Darin Ruf.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club said they’ve inked Ruf to a one-year deal worth US$1.1 million.

Maybe he can change his career path much as Eric Thames did. Thames left a few years as a back up major league outfielder and came back to sign a mega-million dollar deal with the Brewers after acting like Babe Ruth in Korea.

The over/under on Ruf Korean home runs is 39.5.

This opens up a spot on the LAD 40 man roster for Franklyn Gutierrez who the LAD signed several days ago but hasn’t been made official as they tried to figure out how to get him on the 40 man roster.

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