Carlos Ruiz, Phillies Agree to Three-Year Extension

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IJanuary 24, 2010

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04:  Carlos Ruiz #51 of the Philadelphia Phillies rounds second base on his triple in the top of the third inning against the New York Yankees in Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on November 4, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The Phillies and Carlos Ruiz have agreed to a three-year, $9 million contract extension.

Ruiz hit .255/.355/425 with nine home runs and 43 RBIs in 107 games behind the plate last season with Philadelphia. It was a breakout season at the dish for the 31-year-old catcher, but he's best known for his defense.

In 882.1 innings caught, Ruiz had only three errors and a .996 fielding percentage. He had only one passed ball, and caught 27 percent of base stealers.

Ruiz will see a $2.525 million raise from $475,000 made in 2009.

The Phillies have avoided arbitration with all four arbitration eligible players, signing Shane Victorino and Joe Blanton to three-year extensions last week, and agreeing on a one-year deal with Chad Durbin earlier in the winter.

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