The Philadelphia Phillies have a lot of pressing needs, one of which involves re-signing free agent catcher Carlos Ruiz. But the veteran backstop is currently finding a market ripe for picking as he’s one of, if not the premier catcher in the free agent pool outside of Brian McCann.
Keep your eye on this one. The Sox are one of the teams reportedly interested in Brian McCann but already are wary about the dollars and length of contract he is likely to command, sources say.
Ruiz, who will play next season at 35, would fit the mold of the free agents the Sox signed last offseason, taking a short, high-dollar deal. He excels at game-calling and reading hitters, is well-liked by teammates and had a .741 OPS after the All-Star break, easing concerns raised by his 25-game suspension for using an amphetamine.
Ruiz would be the best defensive catcher the Red Sox have had in years and comes at a much more affordable price tag than the expensive McCann. He also brings with him a solid bat, especially in a park like Fenway would can breed offensive numbers.
Boston has already reportedly shown interest in McCann, though could opt to go the cheaper route in upgrading their catcher position.