Report: Ruiz Has $20M Offer From Rockies
The Phillies made public this month plans to let catcher Carloz Ruiz test free agency. The 34-year-old is apparently hitting Philadelphia up on its offer.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Ruiz has an offer of $20 million over two years on the table. Earlier today, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reported the Rockies had made an offer within the last 48 hours.
Because the Phillies didn't extend Ruiz a qualifying offer, they'd be entitled to no draft pick compensation if Ruiz were to sign with Colorado, Boston or Toronto, with Philadelphia considered to be his most likely landing spots.
Ruiz last season failed to match his production from his breakout 2012, when he batted .325 with a .934 OPS. After serving a 25-game suspension for a second failed amphetamine test to open this season, Ruiz compiled a .268/.320/.368 line with only 5 home runs and 37 RBIs, his worst production in four years.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post has reported the Rockies would be unwilling to top $20 million over two years. Meaning, in order to keep him, the Phillies will need to either outbid Colorado or hope Ruiz is willing to take less to stay with the club he's spent all eight of his big league seasons with.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports last week speculated along with an unnamed agent and GM that, based on his production, age and injury history, Ruiz's 2014 free agent deal would range between one year and $6 million and two years and $16 million. Neither seems to be a realistic possibility now.
If unable to keep Ruiz's right-handed bat in the lineup, 36-year-old free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski, whose 16-big league seasons have included stops with the Twins, Giants, White Sox and Rangers, has reportedly emerged as the Phillies' top contingency plan at backstop.
Matt Hammond covers the Phillies for 97.3 ESPN-FM.