Phillies Pay Premium Dollar To Retain The Services Of Carlos Ruiz
The Philadelphia Phillies opened up their cheque book to retain the services of their veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz inking him to a 3-year pact valued at $26 million dollars. Ruiz used a weak 2014 free agent class for catchers and speculation of offers from other teams to his benefit strong arming the Phillies to add an additional year to the contract. It was reported that the Colorado Rockies had tabled a 2-year $15 million offer to Ruiz as well as a $20 million dollar offer from a mystery team in need of a veteran behind the dish. The deal makes Ruiz the 4th highest paid catcher in the majors that is until Brian McCann signs his new contract. Ruiz earned a modest $5 million dollars in 2013 with the Phillies.
Ruiz will turn 35 years of age in January still managed to capitalize financially after a season where he served a 25-game suspension to begin the season for taking a banned stimulant. When “Chooch” finally returned to action he struggled batting .268 with only 5 home runs and a .688 OPS on the season. The Phillies must have remembered the good times like the catchers All-Star season in 2012 where he batted .325 with 16 big flies and a .935 OPS in 114 games.
In 8 seasons Ruiz has a career WAR of 17.8 and is the second free agent signing for the Phillies this off-season having earlier signed Marlon Byrd to a 2-year $16 million dollar deal. The Phillies are well on their way to building the All-Steroid team with both players having recently found the long arm of the law due to their dabbling in performance enhancing drugs.
Regardless of his age and the term of the contract the Phillies are a better team with Ruiz behind the plate and especially seeing the alternatives were not very promising if Ruiz had landed in the lap of another team.