It’s tough to put a price on Carlos Ruiz, but the Phils have already set a figure: a $5 million '12 club option that has yet to be picked up.
Beerleaguer: There’ve been a couple of stories this week on what it would take to retain Cole Hamels and Shane Victorino. Chooch is another guy who’s inching toward the end of his deal. It’s highly unlikely, but possible (and worthy of discussion), that this could be Chooch’s last season, too, if the Phillies buy out his 2013 option for $500,000. Two years ago, Chooch signed an $8.85 million, three-year contract that covered his arbitration years. He’s been worth every penny, delivering a career year in ’10 followed by a steady campaign last season. Teammates (and this particular writer) consider him something of a “team MVP” over the last two seasons as a steady influence who sets the tempo and happens to handle the best pitching staff in the game.
There is a chance, though slight, that this could be the last season. He’s 33 and has received his share of punishment. But I doubt it. It’s actually a little surprising the Phillies haven’t already given him the piece of mind offered to Jimmy Rollins when his 2011 option was hanging out there prior to 2010. Still, give the Phillies credit. It's a perfectly configured deal.