Carlos Ruiz has been the Philadelphia Phillies starting catcher ever since Mike Lieberthal‘s departure in 2006. “Chooch” has been a solid option behind the plate for the Phillies, posting a career .275 batting average while receiving high regards from his pitchers about his defense. His career .995 fielding percentage is just a small fact about the tremendous defensive work of Ruiz, who has called both a perfect game and a no hitter. Ruiz has been an offensive commodity for the Phillies, averaging around .296, 9 HRs, 50 RBI, and a .372 OBP in the last four years. However, will the 34 year-old catcher be re-signed by the Phillies?
“We’d like to bring him back,” Amaro said. “He knows we’d like to bring him back. We’ll see what happens. It wouldn’t be the first free agent [we've had]. … I’d like to have as much balance [in the lineup] as we can, we haven’t been very good against left-handers. It’s well documented.“
The Phillies catcher is earning $5 million this year, and is represented by Marc Kligman. Where do you think Carlos Ruiz will end up next year?
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