Phillies Sign Carlos Ruiz To ‘Questionable’ Three-Year Deal

Source: Cliff Corcoran, Sports Illustrated

RuizLess than a week after signing 36-year-old rightfielder Marlon Byrd to a two-year contract, the Philadelphia Phillies have re-signed veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz to a three-year deal worth $26 million that will cover his age-35 to -37 seasons with a $4.5 million club option for 2017.

As a general rule, giving 35-year-old catchers a multi-year deal is bad business because of their sharp declines.

Ruiz also had his worst season at the plate since 2008, batting .268 with five home runs and a .688 OPS, revealing his power surge in 2012 (16 HRs, .935 OPS) to be a fluke.

While Ruiz may have been an underrated player in the past, heading into his age-35 season, he doesn’t have far to fall before he’s little more than a replacement-level catcher.