Phillies, Ruiz Agree To Multi-Year Deal

7:33pm: The deal is worth $8.85MM over three seasons, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.  The contract includes a fourth-year club option of $5MM with a five-year buyout as well as performance incentives for games started.

5:22pm: The Phillies and catcher Carlos Ruiz have agreed to terms on a three-year, $9MM deal, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.  Ruiz, who turns 31-years-old on Friday, had his best offensive campaign to date in 2009, hitting .255/.355/.425 with a career-high 9 HRs in 107 games.  The deal covers all of Ruiz's remaining arbitration years.

With Chooch set to sign, the Phillies have avoided arbitration with their three eligible players.  Earlier in the week, the club agreed to a three-year, $24MM extension with pitcher Joe BlantonShane Victorino was next up, inking a three-year, $22MM pact.


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