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Phillies exercise $5 million option on Carlos Ruiz

Oct 29, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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As expected the Phillies have exercised their $5 million team option on catcher Carlos Ruiz for next season.

Among the biggest no-brainer decisions of the offseason, as the 33-year-old Ruiz is coming off a career-year in which he hit .325 with 16 homers and a .935 OPS in 114 games. He’d previously never reached double-digit homers or topped an .850 OPS.

Ruiz will be eligible for free agency after 2013, so it’ll be interesting to see if the Phillies try to keep him off the open market with an extension. On one hand he’s been hugely valuable and a key part of Philadelphia’s success over the years. On the other hand he’s already 33 years old and the career-year means his asking price may never have been higher.

In the meantime he’s a helluva bargain for 2013.

  1. crankyfrankie - Oct 29, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Chooch is a bargain for next year. Now time for the ninja to get to work.

  2. natinals10 - Oct 29, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Might have been a 90 loss team without him. Its hard not to like Ruiz even though he plays for the Phils. Phillies will need him to repeat if they want to get back in the NL east race.

  3. lyajoe - Oct 29, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    CHOOCH has been a key part to the sucess of the Phillies since he hit the Big Leagues. An. Awesome defensive backstop and works great with the pitching staff. His bat has been a welcome bonus.

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