Hours after the Giants swept aside the Tigers Sunday night to clinch their second World Series in three years, the Phillies took care of some housecleaning Monday by settling up Carlos Ruiz's $5 million option.
As expected, the Phillies franchise catcher will be back behind home plate in 2013 before hitting free agency after the season. Ruiz, 33, had a career year and kept pace with the league batting leaders before injury cut his season short. He finished hitting .325/.394/.540 with 16 homers in 421 plate appearances, representing the best story from an otherwise disappointing Phillies season.
Meanwhile, the Phils are expected to make announcements in the coming days on three others with 2013 options: third baseman Placido Polanco, Ty Wigginton and reliever Jose Contreras. None of them are expected to be retained and the buyouts would total $1.75 million ($1 million for Polanco, $500K for Wigginton and $250K for Contreras). Aribitration-eligible players include first-timer Antonio Bastardo and second-timers Kevin Frandsen and Nate Schierholtz.