The first domino has fallen in MLB free agency
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.