Carlos Ruiz Signs

Posted by Paul Boye, Tue, January 26, 2010 03:14 PM | Comments: 65
Arbitration, News, Payroll, Posts, Signings

Originally posted Jan. 23 at 12:44 p.m.

According to a source close to Phillies Nation, the Phillies and catcher Carlos Ruiz have agreed on a contract. Ruiz, who turned 31 yesterday, enjoyed a breakout season in 2009, posting career highs in on-base percentage (.355), slugging percentage (.425) and OPS (.780).

Some advanced metrics also favor Ruiz defensively, as he is among the top 10 catchers in runs saved over the past three seasons. Had he and the Phils gone to arbitration, Ruiz was seeking $2.5 million, while the team offered $1.7 million. While it is currently unknown whether the deal is for one year or multiple years, it is widely believed that Ruiz was the one arbitration-eligible player most in need of a multi-year deal, given the lack of advanced catching prospects following the trading of Lou Marson and Travis d’Arnaud.

UPDATE, 3:15 pm: The Carlos Ruiz signing has become official according to a press release from the Phillies.  It is indeed 3-years, $8.85 million, however, the yearly breakdown has not been announced.  The fourth year of the deal is an option for $5 million with a $500K buyout.

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  • Posts: 0 NJ

    mikemike I agree on Singleton, he’s only just put himself on the radar as a prospect let alone a legitimate one. I wouldn’t expect the Phils to have an advanced prospect visible yet though I’d expect a couple of guys to have been drafted or signed last year or to be drafted this coming draft viewed as a future James Loney/Joey Votto type but I doubt it’s a guy you’ll be able to put your finger on from day 1.

    I’ll probably get slated for saying this but I’d much rather give a Bay deal plus an option year to Werth and move Howard for elite prospects down the road than let Werth walk and expect to sign Howard to a friendly deal. Though his power/RBI numbers will likely take him to Cooperstown I think Howard is far from establishing himself as one of the best players in the game, when he’s not in one of his red-hot streaks his bat control is poor and Werth though not the talent Howard is shows up with consistency in many more games over the course of a season.

    That said I don’t see any way Werth doesn’t walk unless he’s given 5 years and I hope Howard starts working on his plate presence

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I’m sorry…not your example…mine…yours is 80…

    My point is 65 mil is big money..

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    NJ…I absolutely agree with you about Werth vs Howard. I would MUCH rather maybe slightly “overpay” Werth” and let Howard walk..

    It comes down to where is your dollar value??…$15mil+ for Werth…or $23-25 mil for Howard.??

    I just don’t see that having Ryan Howard is $8-10 million more valuable…it’s just not there…

    And if Howard’s here and Werth isn’t…I guarantee you Howard’s numbers go down…Werth behind him in the line-up as protection is HUGE for Howard.

  • Posts: 0 Jesus

    I like Werth as much as the next guy but stop it with the Werth being Howard’s protection. Howard has put up ridiculous numbers regardless of who has batted behind him and please look up exactly how many times Werth actually batted behind him.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    It’s a fact, Jesus.

  • Posts: 0 Jesus

    So give me the facts then Chuck. Did Howard win a ROY, a MVP and come in 2nd in MVP voting without Werth batting behind him? Werth batted behind Howard less than 90 games last year. So using your way of thinking how much credit should Ibanez get for protecting Werth?

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  • Posts: 0 Bob in Bucks

    For those of you counting on the money “saved” when Ibanez and others leave the payroll there are two problems:

    1. You are not counting the increases built into the current agreements. Everyone goes up even if they signed the year before.

    2. RAJ has a spreadsheet and already has spent a lot of that “saved” money (see #1).

    For those of you spending the Phillies money – tell me how they increase revenue with a sold out park? Forget ticket prices – that is chump change. A $3 across the board increase in prices for an already sold out ballpark only grosses them $10 million. They need that just to cover the increases they are negotiating.

    RAJ has said it, we can’t afford every player to be $15 million. Werth or Howard have to go.

  • Posts: 0 mikemike

    How much you think chooch gets on the open market, I dont think a lot more than the phillies gave him, but maybe I am wrong

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    It seems to me like this was a good deal for both sides..

    It was suggested a few days ago that the Phillies should sign Ruiz to a 5 year/20mil contract…to lock him up….

    So this isn’t that far off.

    I doubt Ruiz…on the open market …gets more than $4mil per season??

  • Posts: 0 George

    Concerning the Werth/Howard debate: After 2010 Howard is already signed for 2011 and his pay will increase something like $1 million. Werth isn’t signed, and his pay could go up $6-7 million. I don’t think the team can afford that kind of increase.

    The Ruiz signing is good. Even if another team wouldn’t pay much more if he hit the open market, the Phils couldn’t replace him for any less.

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Bob in Bucks : merchandising, concessions, advertising. Yes, the ticket prices are chump change. What adds up is the $.25 more for every beer, hot dog, pretzel, etc., $2 extra for every hat, t-shirt, etc. What you pay for once you get INSIDE the stadium is where the Phils kill.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Don’t forget the $10 MILLION raise Roy Halladay will be getting after this season…

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Werth is gone. We have to face it.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I also think Werth will be gone after 2010.

    You’d have Brown-Victorino-Raul for 2011. After that, who knows who might substitute Raul… perhaps Gose, especially if Brown develops some power…

    It’s all up in the air..and will continue to be. A couple months ago, we all had Michael Taylor breaking in 2010…

    I think that Howard is a player you HAVE to try to resign, even if he’s gonna be very expensive… he’s one of the faces of the franchise.. people buy his jerseys and shirts, they wear them all the time.. Not to mention that he’s arguably the best 1B in all MLB after Pujols. That being said, 2010 will be pivotal.. if Werth puts up even better numbers, and Howard shows ANY sign of decline, then things might change.

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