Update 1:00 EST-Jayson Stark gives the annual value of the deal, and reports that their is a fourth year option in the deal.
#Phillies deal w Ruiz pays him $8.5M in each of next three seasons, with a $4.5-M option or $500,000 buyout. Also can block deals to 4 teams
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) November 18, 2013
So as I predicted below, Ruben Amaro got impatient and gave Ruiz an extra year to assure that he as back in the fold for next season. The problem, is that this deal isn’t just for next season.
This is a typical Amaro move, because while it may be indicative of Ruiz’s market value, it doesn’t seem to have much logic behind it.
Ruiz spent two stints on the disabled list after a 25-game suspension to begin the season. Even when Ruiz was playing, he really wasn’t that productive of a hitter, batting .268 with five homeruns and 37 RBI’s. And logical thinking would tell you that Ruiz will continue to decline as a hitter over the next three years. Certainly Chooch is still a great catcher behind the plate, but is it really realistic to believe that as he reaches his late-30′s, he is going to remain that good behind the plate? Not many catchers in MLB history have.
I love Ruiz and everything that he has done in his time in Philadelphia, but maybe if a team like the Red Sox was prepared to swipe Ruiz out from under the Phillies hands, they should have let him go instead of adding on a third year to the deal. ‘
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Philadelphia Phillies and catcher Carlos Ruiz have reached an agreement that will keep the 34 year-old in red pinstripes for multiple years. Exact terms are yet to be disclosed.
I think the exact terms of this deal will determine exactly how I feel about it, because I get the unfortunate sense that Ruben Amaro decided to add an extra year and give the soon-to-be 35 year-old a three-year deal.