Originally posted Jan. 23 at 12:44 p.m.
According to a source close to Phillies Nation, the Phillies and catcher Carlos Ruiz have agreed on a contract. Ruiz, who turned 31 yesterday, enjoyed a breakout season in 2009, posting career highs in on-base percentage (.355), slugging percentage (.425) and OPS (.780).
Some advanced metrics also favor Ruiz defensively, as he is among the top 10 catchers in runs saved over the past three seasons. Had he and the Phils gone to arbitration, Ruiz was seeking $2.5 million, while the team offered $1.7 million. While it is currently unknown whether the deal is for one year or multiple years, it is widely believed that Ruiz was the one arbitration-eligible player most in need of a multi-year deal, given the lack of advanced catching prospects following the trading of Lou Marson and Travis d’Arnaud.
UPDATE, 3:15 pm: The Carlos Ruiz signing has become official according to a press release from the Phillies. It is indeed 3-years, $8.85 million, however, the yearly breakdown has not been announced. The fourth year of the deal is an option for $5 million with a $500K buyout.