A year ago, Carlos Ruiz was headed to his first All-Star game, and was the one bright spot in a Phillies offense that was rather unimpressive in the first half. A year later, and a PED suspension mixed with injuries, and it appears the Phillies may be ready to part with Chooch at the trade deadline. This according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.
The sources also say Carlos Ruiz can be had before the deadline, too.
It has been awkward to say the least since Chooch came back from his suspension, and then another disabled list stint. Ruiz has gone from being one of the best hitters in the MLB last season, to hitting just .266 with six RBI’s and zero homeruns. I think we all want to believe that the Adderal had nothing to do with Ruiz’s big season last year, but seeing what he has done this year, it’s hard to make that case.
Ruiz is 34 years-old and an impending free-agent. With Tommy Joseph waiting in the wings to perhaps be the next Phillies catcher, the likelyhood that the Phillies would re-sign Ruiz at the end of this year isn’t high. Ruiz’s playoff experience could prove to be very valuable to a team like the Tampa Bay Rays down the stretch.