Now, for better or worse, the Phillies have locked up another core member of their 2008 World Series championship team with a long-term contract.
Carlos Ruiz joined Howard, Rollins, Hamels and Utley when he agreed to a three-year, $26 million contract with the Phillies on Monday morning. The deal is expected to be officially announced Thursday.
Ruiz, who turns 36 in January, had been on the free-agent market and drew attention from Colorado and Boston. His new contract with the Phillies includes a fourth-year club option. Ruiz can make an additional $500,000 per year if he starts 125 games behind the plate. His career high is 113 starts at catcher.
-- Jim Salisbury, CSNPhilly.com
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