The Philadelphia Phillies made no secrets that they wanted to re-sign catcher Carlos Ruiz, something they were able to do thanks to a three year, $26 million dollar contract which was announced today.
Ruiz had been courted by a handful of teams, including the Colorado Rockies who offered Ruiz a two-year deal last week but Ruiz wanted more money and more years, something the Phillies were willing to provide if it allowed them to keep their talented backstop:
The Phillies and Carlos Ruiz mutually expressed a desire to maintain their relationship. And, after weeks of negotiations, they have agreed to a three-year, $26 million contract, according to a source.
Colorado had hoped to sway Ruiz with the hope of improving his offensive numbers, allowing him to improve his stock for one final MLB contract in two seasons but the 35-year-old Ruiz opted for the longer deal and comfortability of Philadelphia, where he has spent his entire career.
The deal reportedly also includes a $4.5 million dollar team option for a fourth season.