Posted November 18, 2013

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

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Carlos Ruiz hit .325 in 2012, garnering him votes for NL MVP. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Catcher Carlos Ruiz, who’ll turn 35 in January, re-signed with the Phillies, the only team he’s ever played for, on Monday to a three-year, $26 million deal, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Ruiz served a 25-game suspension last season after testing positive for amphetamines. He finished with a .268 batting average, five home runs and 37 RBIs in 92 games after making his first All-Star Game in 2012. He is a career .274 hitter in eight big league seasons.

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The Phillies also have Erik Kratz and rookie Cameron Rupp on their roster at catcher.

The Rockies, Red Sox and Blue Jays were also rumored to be in the running for Ruiz.

Brian McCann, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and A.J. Pierzynski are the top remaining catchers on the free-agent market.

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3 comments
a52wkhi
a52wkhi

All Ruiz has to do is get diagnosed with ADHD, like Shane Victorino did, and he can then get all the adderall he wants and it will not be considered a PED.

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

I find it astounding that a soon to be 35 yo catcher, who played just 92 games, hitting .268 with 37 RBIs, and who has a PED-tainted past, can get a $26M, 3 year contract.  Baseball truly must be flush with cash.

cigarbong
cigarbong

@DanaBunner Not all of baseball.  Only Ruben Amaro does that.  Check his signing the last 3 years.