On the morning of the fourth anniversary of their 2008 World Series championship, the Philadelphia Phillies have decided to exercise their team option on catcher Carlos Ruiz. Ruiz is set to make $5 million in 2013.
The news broke via Twitter from Matt Gelb, a writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer that covers the Phillies. Gelb tweeted the news around 10:35 AM.
Ruiz is coming off of the best season of his career. In his seventh season in the MLB, Ruiz played a total of one hundred-fourteen games (114) and set career highs in runs scored (56), hits (121), doubles (32), home runs (16), runs batted in (68), batting average (.325), slugging percentage (.540), on-base plus slugging percentage (.935), total bases (201), hit by pitches (16) and sacrifice flies (4). The thirty-three year old made his first career MLB All-Star game. Throughout his career over an averaged 162-game season, Ruiz has averaged eleven (11) home runs, sixty-six (66) runs batted in, as well as a batting average of .275.
Ruiz is not entering into the final year of his contract with the Phillies. In his seven years with the Phillies, Ruiz has not disappointed. The former second basemen and pitcher has converted into one of the best defensive catchers in the major leagues. Ruiz was one of the only bright spots for a Phillies team that was depleted with injuries last season.
With Ruiz back on the club, the Phillies now have all of their infield positions filled, excluding the void at third base. Look for the Phillies to go out and add another bat to play at the hot corner. As for Ruiz, look for him to have another break out season with the Phillies. He just may have figured out the major league game and could get even better with age.
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