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Phillies won’t wait around for Carlos Ruiz

Nov 8, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

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Ruben Amaro Jr. has made no secret about wanting to re-sign catcher Carlos Ruiz, but the GM also made it clear yesterday that the Phillies won’t wait around for him to make a decision.

Amaro told Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News that if Ruiz takes a long time to decide “I can assure you … there will be very little chance of bringing Chooch back. We can’t afford to miss out on other opportunities.”

Ruiz has already been linked to the Rockies and several contending teams with catching needs will surely be interested as well. Ruiz is 35 years old and posted a .688 OPS for his worst mark since 2008, but he batted .268 with a .741 OPS in 52 games after the All-Star break.

  1. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Nov 8, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Love Ruiz, but not for money he will get on free agency. Thanks for the memories Ruiz, but we don’t need any more bad contracts.

  2. chew1985 - Nov 8, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    So NOBODY’S worth what they’re going to get paid in the upper crust free agent market this year. That’s the logic apparently.

    Well Jason Werth wasn’t worth it to the Phillies. Hunter Pence wasn’t worth it to the Phillies and now Carlos Ruiz may not be re-signed. And where have we finished since these guys left?

    McCann will be WAY to expensive, so they’re not really going to spend any big bucks on a catcher. Maybe that’s why they stocked their farm system with 2014-15 minimum wagers at that position.

    The Yankees are ready to go on another spending binge, though they’re playing tough with Cano. They’ll sign him eventually. 200 million plus.

    And every other big name free agent will be overpriced.

    That’s a sure-fire prescription for mediocrity at Citizens Bank Park for years to come. The owners might as well put it in their pockets and we can return to the mid 1990s, cable deal money be damned.

    Maybe they’ll have a Travis Lee/Chad Ogea appreciation night by mid-May because we are now, truly again, as Dave Montgomery used to love to say, “a small market team.”

    • chadjones27 - Nov 8, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Do be so shocked if the Yankees don’t go on a spending spree like everyone assumes. The only player I see them paying top dollar for is Cano. I have a feeling they’ll let the market decide the price of the other players.

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Nov 8, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      What are you rambling about?

      • chew1985 - Nov 8, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        I’m in a drunken stupor still mad that it’s no longer 2008; and that Ruben Amaro, a blind man by baseball standards, was given the keys to my favorite “sports” car.

    • raysfan1 - Nov 8, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      Overpaying free agents is a surer road to mediocrity than almost anything else. It hampers signing and developing other players, and the production the team gets is not what is expected. They’ve got $120M tied up next year in 7 players already. They’re no small market team, but they’ve spent unwisely in the past–and spending unwisely now would not help.

    • tuberippin - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      “So NOBODY’S worth what they’re going to get paid in the upper crust free agent market this year. That’s the logic apparently.”

      Logic which is wise given the talent at hand aside from perhaps Tanaka (which even then remains to be seen).

      “Well Jason Werth wasn’t worth it to the Phillies. Hunter Pence wasn’t worth it to the Phillies and now Carlos Ruiz may not be re-signed. And where have we finished since these guys left?”

      The Phillies becoming old and more injured and simultaneously (if not consequently) less productive doesn’t justify giving Jayson Werth $126 million over 7 years. It also doesn’t justify giving Hunter Pence $90 million. And if you’re going to use the logic that not signing these contracts was what has done in my Phils, let me ask you this: how’d Washington finish last season with Werth hitting .340 with an OPS over 1.000 after the ASB? How’d the Giants finish with Pence in the fold with a spankin’-new contract extension?

  3. ewyorksockexchange - Nov 8, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    I love chooch and everything he’s done for the organization. He is one of the major reasons why Halladay, Lee, and Hamels have had success here in philadelphia. He calls a great game behind the plate, has been better than average with the bat, and has played fantastic defense at the catcher position. Lidge only had a perfect season because Ruiz was able to block that wild slider when it hit the dirt.

    That being said, his throwing and trapping ability has diminished in the last couple of years, and at 35, his defense and hitting will only continue to decline. Anything more than a one year deal for the phils would be a mistake, and since there are certainly teams that will offer a multi year deal, he won’t be back.

    Thanks for the memories, Carlos. You are a local legend here in Philly. Hopefully you can come back and retire a Phillie.

  4. chc4 - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Plus he’s a juicer.

  5. makeham98 - Nov 8, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Adderall, not juice.

  6. bendover09 - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    I’d rather the Rangers go after someone like Ruiz, other than McCann for 100 million. I just don’t see the Rangers paying for McCann when they have a youngster name Alfaro in the wings. Ruiz , also seems like he could help with the young pitching core around Arlington .. who knows though , rangers for 2014 payroll is 87m … That is not a lot for a billion dollar team

  7. nickynick04 - Nov 9, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    He has Plantars Faceitis,,,,,,
    let him leave
    his feet will never be the same
    and he s too old

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