The Colorado Rockies have not hidden their desire to secure themselves a catcher and atop that list has been Carlos Ruiz, who spent the past eight seasons as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Reports leaked a few days ago that the Rockies were interested in Ruiz and according to Troy Renck, the team has given the veteran backstop a contract offer:
Colorado made an offer to Ruiz over the past 48 hours, and that has them in the mix for the veteran catcher. It may take an over pay in either money (something Colorado has some flexibility to do) or years (something the Rockies rarely do) to keep them at the table with the Phillies, Blue Jays and Red Sox all interested in Ruiz.
As Renck mentions, many teams are interested in Ruiz who’s thought to be one of, if not the best free agent catcher on the market after Brian McCann, though they may be trying to lure Ruiz with the idea of putting up elite offensive numbers in Colorado.
On Monday, it was suggested by Renck that the Rockies may give Ruiz a two year deal, which would allow the veteran to produce high quality numbers and hit free agency again for one, final, multi-year deal.