MLB Rumors: Phillies Re-sign Carlos Ruiz

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Ray discusses the fantasy impact of the Phillies decision to resign free agent catcher Carlos Ruiz.

With catcher Carlos Ruiz a free agent this offseason, the Phillies had three catchers on their 40 man roster: Erik Kratz, Sebastian Valle and Cameron Rupp, so one would think they would be in the market for a starting catcher this offseason.

Well, they didn't wait too long as according to ESPN's Jayson Stark, they re-signed Ruiz to a three year deal:

The Phillies are laying out a good sum of money for a soon to be 35 year old catcher, eh?

Last season, Ruiz played in just 92 games, hitting .268-.320-.368 with 5 home runs, 37 runs and 30 RBI in 341 plate appearances. Ruiz missed the first 25 games of the season due to his suspension for using a banned amphetamine, and missed almost a month due to a strained right hamstring.

I didn't rank Ruiz in my updated top 20 fantasy catchers for 2014 recently, mainly due to his age and I wasn't sure if he would sign as a starting catcher or a backup. This signing won't push him into my top 20 catchers for 2014, as he is more of a second catcher type in two catcher leagues.

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