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Phillies Sign Carlos Ruiz To ‘Questionable’ Three-Year Deal
Posted By Charles Mager On November 18, 2013 @ 3:26 PM In MLB | No Comments
Source: Cliff Corcoran, Sports Illustrated 
Less 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.
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