Rosenthal first reported the deal this morning and Gelb reported the terms of the contract shortly after.
Ruiz, who turns 35 in January, is a career .274 hitter and is frequently praised for his presence behind the plate. Coming off a year in which he served a 25-game suspension and hit just .268, the Phillies will look for Ruiz to bounce back to his previous form.
Is signing Chooch to a contract that won't finish until he is 37 ideal? No. Did the Phillies appear to have many better options? In my opinion, no. So the Phillies will bring back their aging catcher, and hopefully he will serve as a good mentor to the youngsters coming through the system. At the very least, we get to scream "CHOOOOOOOOOOOOOCH" for a few more years.
By: Kyle Babcock
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