Report: Ruiz Re-Signs with Phillies

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, November 18, 2013 11:51 AM Comments: 68

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Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Carlos Ruiz will re-sign with the Phillies. Matt Gelb is reporting it is a three-year deal worth $26 million. The deal will keep Chooch in red pinstripes through age 37. Ruiz was among the most productive catchers in baseball over the last three seasons, hitting .293/.365/.432 including an All-Star 2012 campaign. Chooch’s 9.5 fWAR since 2011 was the highest among any available free agent catcher, including Brian McCann.

The move comes as a relief to fans who have seen familiar piece after familiar piece of the 2008 squad leave or be replaced. Since 2008, Chooch has continued to grow as a player, going from a triple-slash line of .219/.320/.300 in 2008 to a .288/.371/.434 line since.

We will have more details to follow as they become available.

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Hot Stove Updates: Brown, Camp, Pierzynski, Ruiz

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, November 13, 2013 05:05 PM Comments: 21


Amaro says that young talent is not available. Meanwhile, Jerry Crasnick says the Phillies are willing to listen on young talent Brown. Which is correct?

From around the league:

- Jerry Crasnick says that the Phillies are willing to listen on outfielder Domonic Brown but “a Bautista-Brown trade isn’t happening.”

- Meanwhile, Ruben Amaro tells Matt Gelb that the club is not inclined to trade any young talent, stating “Everybody is looking for the same thing, and that’s young controllable players. There is no reason for us to be moving any of them.”  Those two sentiments clash a bit, no?

- The Phillies signed 38-year old reliever Shawn Camp today to a minor league deal according to Jon Heyman. Camp led the NL in appearances in 2012 before posting a 7.04 ERA in just 26 games in 2013 with Chicago with a 1.870 WHIP.

- There is some buzz building about the Phillies being interested in left-handed hitting catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Pierzynski hit .272/.295/.427 with 17 home runs last season and will be 37 on Opening Day 2014.

- Finally, the Rockies have announced they are moving on from catcher Carlos Ruiz according to Ken Rosenthal. Ruiz apparently balked at a two year, $15 million offer from Colorado.


Phillies To Sign Marlon Byrd

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Tue, November 12, 2013 11:16 AM Comments: 18


Welcome back.

The Phillies will sign free agent outfielder and former Phillie Marlon Byrd, according to WIP. The deal is reportedly for two years and $16 million. The 36 year old Byrd was with the Phillies from 2002 to 2005, before a trade that sent him to the Washington Nationals for Endy Chavez.

Since then, he’s played for the Rangers, Cubs, Red Sox, Mets, and Pirates. He made the All-Star team in 2010 while playing for the Cubs. He made an important play in that game–the first that counted towards home field advantage in the World Series–throwing David Ortiz out at second in the ninth inning.

Byrd tested positive for PEDs in 2012 and was suspended for 50 games.

He is a career .280/.336/.425 hitter.

In 2013, he hit .291/.336/.511 after a dreadful 2012 season. He should be an upgrade over what John Mayberry Jr. gave the Phillies last year, but if this is a move that Ruben Amaro Jr. is putting a lot of stake in (like he did with the Youngs last year), I’m not so sure that it’s the right one. There’s plenty of offseason left, though, and a lot of guys still out there.


Free Agent Pass or Play: Carlos Ruiz

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, November 04, 2013 10:00 AM Comments: 23

Would you bring Chooch back for 2014?

We are officially beyond CRUNCH TIME – about 14 hours until the start of Free Agency at 12:01 AM November 5. We at Phillies Nation will take a look at a player who will be able to sign with any team at that time. We will explore potential performance, fit, cost, and feasibility. We continue today with right-handed catcher Carlos Ruiz. And a reminder: you can check out all the “Pass or Play” posts by clicking on the category hyperlink.


Chooch, 35 on Opening Day 2014, has been among the Majors’ best kept secrets behind the plate for a number of years. Since 2010, only Yadier Molina, Buster Posey, and Joe Mauer have been more valuable according to FanGraphs version of WAR, with Ruiz ranking sixth among catchers in batting average, third in on-base percentage, and 14th in slugging. Ruiz has averaged 416 PA over the last four years, remaining relatively healthy and finding ways to get at-bats even despite his 50-game suspension in 2013. According to FanGraphs, Chooch has saved the Phillies 74.3 runs behind the plate over his career and ranks fifth in the Majors since 2010 in that category.

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Karl Gelinas Signs with the Phillies

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, October 30, 2013 01:07 PM Comments: 9

http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/photos/p394831.jpgAccording to Radio-Canada.ca, the Phillies have signed right-handed pitcher Karl Gelinas. Gelinas, 30, last played affiliated baseball in 2006 for Triple-A Salt Lake in the Angels organization. Gelinas was suspended in 2006 for taking Stanozolol, an anabolic steroid that appears on both MiLB and MLB’s banned substance list, but would return later in the season.

Gelinas spent the last seven seasons as a starter for the independent Les Capitales de Quebec of the Can-Am Association, posting a 41-24 record with a 3.13 ERA in what is generally considered the equivalent of a High-A or Double-A league. Gelinas also appears to be very active as a CrossFit athlete.

Gelinas received an invitation to Spring Training and will train with 2003 Cy Young Award winner Eric Gagne to prepare for Spring Training with the Phillies.

(h/t @babsell_champ)


Free Agent Pass or Play: Shin-Soo Choo

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, October 28, 2013 09:00 AM Comments: 15

Choo will be on everyone’s radar this free agency.

Each day until free agency begins, we at Phillies Nation will take a look at a player who will become a free agent five days from the conclusion of the World Series. We will explore potential performance, fit, cost, and feasibility. We continue today with left-handed outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. And a reminder: you can check out all the “Pass or Play” posts by clicking on the category hyperlink.


Choo became a regular with Cleveland in 2008 after arriving in a trade for first baseman Ben Broussard. The deal would be one of the best in Cleveland’s history and likely the worst in Mariners history – Choo was worth 18 wins from 2006 through 2012 while Broussard has not played in the Majors since 2008 and only played a season and a half with the Mariners.

Choo was traded to Cincinnati for the 2013 season and responded with 21 homers, 20 steals, and a .423 OBP, good for second in the National League. Choo has been the eighth most valuable outfielder in Major League Baseball since 2008, trailing only Manny Ramirez and Mike Trout in on-base percentage in that time frame and ranks 11th among Major League outfielders in On-Base+Slugging in that same time frame. Choo has quietly been among the most productive outfielders in the Majors in the last six seasons but the secret is out among MLB GMs, as we will see in our salary projections. Continue reading Free Agent Pass or Play: Shin-Soo Choo


Phillies Sign Ryan Demmin

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, August 09, 2013 11:39 AM Comments: 1

http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/photos/p2571.jpgThe Lakewood Blue Claws announced that the Phillies have signed 25-year old lefty Ryan Demmin from the independent Frontier League’s Normal CornBelters. Demmin was signed in 2010 as an undrafted free agent by the Washington Nationals and spent 2012 with the High-A Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League. Demmin averaged about a strikeout per inning pitched in organized ball from 2010 through 2012 primarily as a reliever.  Demmin will start tonight for the Blue Claws.

Analysis: The Blue Claws needed a starter for this evening and the picked up a pretty good stop gap. Demmin was keeping runners off the bases this year in the Frontier League (1.020 WHIP) and you can never have too many pitchers. Based on his age, it is unlikely Demmin sticks in the system beyond 2013, possibly even beyond this game.

Side note: This is, at best, the second most interesting thing that has happened in Independent baseball within the last 24-hours. If you missed it, the Rockland Boulders accidentally shot off their post-game fireworks in the middle of the ninth inning yesterday. Oops.



Phillies Sign 16 Year Old Luis Encarnacion

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, August 09, 2013 07:56 AM Comments: 11

20130809-081717.jpg According to Baseball America, the Phillies have signed 16 year old international prospect from the Dominican Republic Luis Encarnacion to a contract worth $1 million.

He turned 16 at midnight this morning, and shortly thereafter the Phillies jumped in with the signing. (how’s that for a birthday present?) People with knowledge of the situation would’ve been shocked if the Phils didn’t sign him.

The 6-2, 195 pound third baseman is considered the #4 international prospect and a top hitter in Latin America according to the linked article. He’s expected to move to either LF or 1B.

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Phillies Claim OF Casper Wells

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, August 08, 2013 02:03 PM Comments: 12


Wells and his highlight reel defensive plays are coming to Philadelphia.

According to our Pat Gallen, the Phillies have claimed outfielder Casper Wells from the Chicago White Sox. Wells, 28, joins his fifth team in 2013, sporting a .236/.305/.407 career line, hitting .249/.330/.450 against southpaws. According to Gallen, Wells will join the team tomorrow in DC. He figures to take Michael Martinez’s spot on the 25-man roster.

According to FanGraphs, Wells has been a plus-defensive outfielder, posting a career 15.9 UZR/150 in 1547.1 innings in the outfield. Wells has primarily played right field in his career but has seen time in both left and center as well. A 14th-round pick in 2005 out of Towson, Wells broke out in 2008 with 27 homers for the Tigers’ Single A and Double A affiliates.

Analysis: Wells’ power keeps getting him chances in the majors. He’s hit .155/.211/.169 this season and .236/.305/.407 for his career, but had 21 homers in 557 plate appearances in 2011 and 2012. His addition could mean that it is only a matter of time before the Delmon Young experiment is over. Despite his paltry triple-slash, Wells has averaged 1.3 wins a year previous to 2013. Wells is definitely worth a waiver flier for a team like the Phillies who have only three “true” outfielders on their active roster.


Chase Utley Extended by Phils

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Wed, August 07, 2013 07:31 PM Comments: 42

CHUTLEYJim Salisbury is reporting on Twitter that a Chase Utley extension is completed, which means the 34-year old second basemen and fan favorite will remain a Phillie beyond 2013. And he celebrated by nearly killing Dioner Navarro tonight.

The deal will likely be a two year extension, worth $25-$30 million, with multiple vesting options.

Utley’s contract status (along with his ability) was a big question mark coming into this season, and reports that the Phillies wanted to keep him trickled out here and there. But now it’s official. Utley remains a Phillie for at least two more years.

He’s having a very good year, and Ruben Amaro Jr. getting this deal done should be (barring outrageous contract details) a check in the win column for him as GM. There’s risk to the move, as with any, considering Utley’s injury history and age. But I think it’s a reasonable deal, and a healthy Utley is a top-5 2B in baseball.

What do you think about the extension?

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