Carlos Ruiz re-signs with the Philadelphia Phillies for 3 years, $26 million

The first domino has fallen in MLB free agency

11/18/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Aug 28, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz (51) looks on from the dugout during the ninth inning of a game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsThe first (relatively) big-name MLB free agent has come to a contract agreement, as Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz will be staying put, according to Ken Rosenthal.

Ruiz turns 34 in January and has been one of the better offensive catchers in baseball over the past 4 seasons.

His numbers dropped a bit in 2013, coincidentally (or not?) after serving a 25-game suspension for banned substances.

Between 2009-2012, Ruiz had an OPS+ of 122 with a slash line of .292/.380/.448, but it dipped to a 90 OPS+ and .268/.320/.368 in 2013.

Ruiz had reportedly been in talks with the Rockies, who ultimately moved on after he rejected their 2-year deal. The Blue Jays and Red Sox were also rumored to be interested.

According to Jon Heyman, it was a close call between the Red Sox and Phillies, but Ruiz eventually decided to sign with the Phillies for 3 years and $26 million, with an option for a 4th year.
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11/18/13   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

The Phillies would've been crazy to let Ruiz leave. It's not an outrageous amount of money and the catching market is awful. They'd have ended up with John Buck or J.P. Arencibia - disasters. 

11/18/13   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25688 respect

I'm glad idiot O'Dowd made a smart play on this and walk away. 3 yrs and $26 million for Ruiz is just stupid

11/18/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

If it's Ruben Amaro, it's signing old players for way too many years.