While most teams with money to spend will focus their free agent dollars on Brian McCann, the Colorado Rockies know signing the All-Star backstop isn’t likely so they’ve already moved onto Carlos Ruiz.
Ruiz, who previously spent time with the Philadelphia Phillies is likely the second best catcher on the market, so the Rockies could be attempting to strike before McCann signs a deal, which would allow them to secure Ruiz as what they feel might be a team friendly price.
They are expected to make an offer to the veteran catcher, though, it’s not known if the deal will be for more than two years:
The Phillies said this week that while they want to re-sign Ruiz, they are prepared to move on. The Rockies will make an offer, though it’s not clear if they are willing to go beyond two years.
Ruiz, a talented defensive catcher with offensive abilities could thrive in Colorado and could attempt to play a season or two with the Rockies in effort to build up his offensive numbers for a final multi-year contract in a few years.