The Giants avoided arbitration with two key members of their mixed outfield, agreeing to a two-year extension with Darin Ruf and a one-year contract with Mike Yastrzemski, according to reports released Tuesday morning before the deadline. to determine this year’s salaries for eligible players.
Ruf’s two-year deal is worth $6.25 million, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, an annual rate slightly higher than the $2.6 million MLB trade rumors predicted the 35-year-old would receive. if his case went to arbitration. Yaztrsemski, in his first arbitration-eligible season, will receive $3.7 million, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, about $600,000 more than he would have earned if his case went to arbitration. .
The Giants also settled with reliever Dominic Leone ($2.25 million) and receiver Curt Casali ($2.6 million), avoiding arbitration with the four eligible players whose contracts remained unsettled. before the deadline before the arbitration hearings are scheduled.
Ruf’s two-year extension will net him $3 million in 2022 and 2023 and includes a $3.5 million club option for 2024 with a $250,000 buyout, committing to a player they have brought ahead of the 2020 season with the plan to serve in a platoon role.
By all accounts, he lived up to expectations, with a .259/.339/.552 batting line against lefties the first year and .283/.414/.593 last season. But what surprised — and likely earned Ruf his raise this offseason and a bigger opportunity this season — is Ruf’s ability to hit the right-handed throw as well. Seven of his 16 home runs last season came against right-handers, and his .262/.361/.463 batting line was nearly 200 points lower than against left-handers, that’s still a respectable . 824 on base-plus-slugging.
Yaztrsemski received MVP votes after a breakout in 2020, when he hit .297/.400/.568 during the COVID-shortened season. But his struggles in 2021 — batting .224/.311/.457 — likely cost him a bigger contract this offseason.
San Francisco entered this offseason with eight referee-eligible players. After agreeing to an extension with Ruf, who buys out his last two years of officiating, the Giants have outstanding cases with two other players – receiver Curt Casali and reliever Dominic Leone.
Giants Arbitration Eligible Players
(with MLB Trade Rumors salary projections)
- Dominic Leone – $1.5m – Signed for $2.25m on Tuesday before arb deadline
- Curt Casali – $2.0m – Signed for $2.6m on Tuesday before the arb deadline
- Darin Ruf – $2.6m – Signed for $6.25m over two years on Tuesday before the arb deadline
- Jarlin Garcia – $1.8M – Signed for $1.725M before no-tender deadline
- John Brebbia – $1.0m – Signed for $837.5,000 before no-tender deadline
- Austin Slater – $2.0M – Signed for $1.85M before no-tender deadline
- Mike Yastrzemski – $3.1M – Signed for $3.7M on Tuesday before the arb deadline
- Alex Dickerson – $3.0 million – free agent contract signed without tender with Atlanta