The free agent season is now upon us, and the Philadelphia Phillies have some moves to make. They need to look for pitching help along with possibly help in the outfield. The Phillies have two big free agents of their own Roy Halladay and Carlos Ruiz, but the front office has decided not to make them any offers and allow them to test the market. This raises the question do the Phillies have loyalty to their players?
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has said that signing Ruiz is a priority. If it is a priority why hasn’t an offer been made? Ruiz has been with the team since 2006 and easily became a fan favorite. Every time he comes up to the plate Citizens Bank Park erupts in “Chooooch” chants.
Sure the front office may want to see what kind of offers Ruiz is going to get, but what happens if Ruiz takes one? Who are they going to use behind the plate next season? Ruiz has done everything he can for the Phillies. He did let them down by taking a banned substance, but he has learned from that mistake. Ruiz is dedicated to this team and would do anything for them. He deserves to stay in a Phillies uniform.
Amaro has also said that they were interested in keeping Halladay. It just does not make sense why they would allow other teams to make potentially better offers if they are interested. Halladay has pitched a perfect game and no hitter for the Phillies. He may not be the pitcher that he once was, but he could still have something going for him and is also a fan favorite. If offers do not get made this could impact the relationship with the fans as they will be upset.
Ruiz and Halladay are a perfect team together and have done so much for the Phillies over the years. They have been loyal to this team and deserve the loyalty back.