2 Updates
MLB: Phillies Re-Sign C Carlos Ruiz for 3 Years, $26 M
Photo Credit: Getty Images

MLB: Phillies Re-Sign C Carlos Ruiz for 3 Years, $26 M

Nov 18 2013, 7:26pm CST | by

The Philadelphia Phillies re-signed catcher Carlos Ruiz to the tune of three years and $26 million.

The Philadelphia Phillies have re-signed catcher Carlos Ruiz.  MLB.com's Todd Zolecki confirmed the deal -- which is for three years and $26 million -- on the Phillies' official website on Nov. 18,...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

MLB: Phillies Re-Sign C Carlos Ruiz for 3 Years, $26 M

Nov 18 2013, 7:26pm CST | by

MLB: Phillies Re-Sign C Carlos Ruiz for 3 Years, $26 M Photo Credit: Getty Images

The Philadelphia Phillies re-signed catcher Carlos Ruiz to the tune of three years and $26 million.

The Philadelphia Phillies have re-signed catcher Carlos Ruiz

MLB.com's Todd Zolecki confirmed the deal -- which is for three years and $26 million -- on the Phillies' official website on Nov. 18, citing a league source. Zolecki also adds,"The deal includes a $4.5 million club option or a $500,000 buyout for 2017. Ruiz also can make an additional $500,000 per season if he starts 125 games, something he has never accomplished in his 10-year big league career." 

By earning $8.67 million annually, Ruiz beomes the fourth-highest-paid major league catcher behind the San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey ($18.56 million), the St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina ($15 million) and the Arizona Diamondbacks' Miguel Montero ($12 million), per ESPN's Jayson Stark. His new paycheck represents a significant increase from the $5 million he earned in 2013. 

Ruiz's new contract also has a limited no-trade clause "which would allow him to block trades to four teams," Stark adds. 

Ruiz was seriously being courted by the 2013 World Series champions, the Boston Red Sox. Other suitors included the Toronto Blue Jays and the Colorado Rockies. However, the Phillies made it clear they wanted to retain him, even throwing in a third guaranteed season for good measure.

Now that he is on board once again, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer offers his take on the re-signing.  

"It is an expensive contract for an older player, but Ruiz plays a premium position and the Phillies lacked credible alternatives despite (Phillies general manager Ruben) Amaro's public insistence. The team preferred a right-handed bat for their lefty-laden lineup. Ruiz will be cheaper than Brian McCann or Jarod Saltalamacchia, the top two catchers on the market. And third-tier players like A.J. Pierzynski, John Buck or Dioner Navarro were flawed.

"Ruiz was rewarded after his worst season in five years. He lost the first 25 games to suspension for unsanctioned Adderall use. His swing suffered. He applied pressure in a contract season. An improved second half helped restore faith." 

Amaro now has given long-term deals to five members of the 2008 World Series championship team -- first baseman Ryan Howard, shortstop Jimmy Rollins, second baseman Chase Utley, starting pitcher Cole Hamels and Ruiz.

Ruiz is entering his ninth season in the majors, hitting .274 for his career to go along with 57 home runs and 336 RBIs. He had his best season in 2012, setting career highs in five statistical categories -- average (.325), on-base percentage (.394), OPS (.935), home runs (16) and RBIs (68). 

Erik Kratz and Cameron Rupp will compete for backup catcher duties. 

Philadelphia also signed free-agent outfielder Marlon Byrd for two years and $16 million last week. He spent parts of 2013 with the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates.  


 
Update
2

6 weeks ago

Red Alert: Trading No-Arm Revere, Phillies?

Oct 7 2014 10:05pm CDT | Source: Yardbarker: MLB

On the surface, finding a center fielder with average throwing ability should be easy for the Philadelphia Phillies after a change away from Ben Revere. Is that your thinking too? There will be a published Red Alert and/or Storyline each week. Please, scroll down for this edition of Pinstripe Focus: The Alternatives. Welcome, Newcomers: This article represents the thinking of a baseball man in my opinion. ...
Source: Yardbarker: MLB   Full article at: Yardbarker: MLB
 

 

Don't miss ...

 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Arab-Israeli soccer match ends in violence
Jerusalem, Nov 24 (IANS/EFE) Tensions arising from Israel's recent incidents of violence spread Sunday night to a soccer game between the Arab-Israeli team Bnei Shakhnin and Beitar Jerusalem, whose fans are of the ultranationalist Jewish tendency.
 
 
Ferrari appoint new team principal
Maranello (Italy), Nov 24 (IANS) Legendary Formula 1 team Ferrari Monday appointed Maurizio Arrivabene as its new team principal to replace Marco Mattiacci.
 
 
Stuttgart coach Veh resigns
Stuttgart, Nov 24 (IANS) Stuttgart head coach Armin Veh has stepped back with immediate effect, the club confirmed Monday.
 
 
Pune FC keen to maintain winning run in Bhutan
Thimphu, Nov 24 (IANS) Pune FC will be keen to maintain their winning run when they come up against Bangladesh's Abahani Limited in a final Group B encounter of the King's Cup at the Changlimithang Stadium here Tuesday.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Turkey rejects easing relations with Egypt
Istanbul, Nov 24 (IANS) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that he rejected the reconciliation efforts for friendly relations with Egypt. Turkey does not accept the legitimacy of Egyptian President...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
US defence chief Chuck Hagel forced out
Washington, Nov 24 (IANS) In a surprise development, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned Monday reportedly under pressure amid criticism of President Barack Obama's national security team over how to deal with...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Bette Midler slams 'silly' Ariana Grande
Bette Midler has slammed Ariana Grande's ''silly high voice''. The 68-year-old actress hit out at the 21-year-old star's sexy music videos for being ''silly beyond belief'', and insists the 'Bang Bang' hitmaker's...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Demi Lovato: Me and Miley have nothing in common
Demi Lovato insists she and Miley Cyrus won't be friends again because they have nothing in common. The 22-year-old singers were good pals during their rise to fame but the 'Heart Attack' hitmaker admits that while she...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Indian American scientist develops path to brighter LCD displays
Washington, Nov 24 (IANS) Researchers led by an Indian-American have developed a polarising filter that can result in mobile device displays that last much longer on a single battery charge and cameras that can shoot...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Kohl's Black Friday Sale launched Online
The Kohl's Black Friday 2014 sale starts at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day in stores, but has launched now on kohls.com. Kohl's offers again the popular $15 Kohl's Cash on every $50 spent in this year's Black Friday sale. This...
Read more on Black Friday Countdown
 
Brenton Thwaites for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Brenton Thwaites will star in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'. The star will play the role of British soldier Henry, beating fellow actors such as Ansel Elgort of 'The Fault In Our Stars' and George...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
Josh Hutcherson 'moves on' from young adult movies
Josh Hutcherson wants to ''move on'' from young adult films like 'The Hunger Games'. The 22-year-old actor - who has starred in four films based on the dystopian 'Hunger Games' novels since 2011 - plans to explore other...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
33 IS militants killed in Iraq's Mosul, two towns retaken (Roundup)
Baghadad, Nov 24 (IANS) At least 33 militants of the Islamic State (IS) died Monday in the Iraqi city of Mosul and the surrounding area, including a leader who was responsible for the sale of kidnapped Yazidi women,...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Jailbreak in Argentina, 32 inmates escape
Buenos Aires, Nov 24 (IANS/EFE) Thirty-two inmates escaped over the weekend from a police jail in Rosario, a city in central Argentina, police said Monday. The inmates broke out of the jail Sunday by threatening the...
Read more on Politics Balla