The Phillies reached agreement with catcher Carlos Ruiz on a split contract that will pay him $475,000 in the Major Leagues and $255,000 in the Minor Leagues, according to the team Web site.
The deal means everyone is now signed. Catchers Chris Coste and Ronny Paulino also signed split deals recently. Meanwhile in Bradenton, the Pirates knocked around the Phillies' bullpen in defeating the hometown nine 8-2 this afternoon. What a bunch of bums. Am I right? Reliever Joe Bisenius, who is not on included on my list of players awaiting special artwork, took the loss. Jamie Moyer pitched two shutout innings, walking a pair, striking out a pair and allowing a hit. Raul Ibanez and John Mayberry Jr. accounted for the Phillies’ scoring with a pair of RBI hits. Outfielder Jeremy Slayden, a guy I could easily see becoming the token “head turner” of spring training, contributed a pair of hits.