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Red Sox didn’t want to go to three years with Carlos Ruiz

11.18.13 at 12:17 pm ET
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According to multiple reports, the Phillies have re-signed catcher Carlos Ruiz to a three-year, $26 million deal. The Red Sox, according to industry sources, had indeed been interested in the 34-year-old (who will turn 35 in January), but according to one source, the Sox were not interested in signing him for three years (at a time when the team has two potential starters in the minor league pipeline — Christian Vazquez, who will start 2014 in Triple-A, and Blake Swihart, who should open next year in Double-A), and so the veteran elected to re-sign with the team with whom he’s spent his entire professional career.

Ruiz hit .268 with a .320 OBP and .368 slugging mark in 2013 while being limited to 92 games due in part to a 25-game suspension for testing positive for Adderall at a time when he didn’t have a prescription for it. Those marks were among the worst of his career. However, from 2009-12, Ruiz was one of the best offensive catchers in the game (hitting .292/.380/.448 over those four years) while receiving praise for his work with a Phillies pitching staff that perennially included some of the top pitchers in the game.

The return of Ruiz to the Phillies could activate a catching market that had been in a somewhat suspended state. One industry source suggested on Sunday that teams were waiting to see what happened with Ruiz; his signing was expected to be the first shoe to drop with a surprisingly deep offseason market at the position that includes free agents Brian McCann, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Dioner Navarro and A.J. Pierzynski as well as trade candidates such as Ryan Hanigan of the Reds and Matt Wieters of the Orioles.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported the agreement (via twitter), while Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported (via twitter) the three-year, $26 million term.

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