Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said re-signing Carlos Ruiz this offseason is "a priority."
According to a report by the Denver Post, the Rockies are one of those teams. The report says, per multiple major-league sources, Colorado is pursuing the free-agent Ruiz.
Why would the Rockies want Ruiz when their own catcher, Wilin Rosario, hit .292 with 21 home runs and 79 RBIs in 121 games last season? Well, Ruiz would be a significant upgrade defensively and the 24-year-old Rosario has experience — albeit very little — playing the corner infield positions, spots in which Colorado has nothing set in stone.
Amaro will have to fight and fend off many to retain Ruiz, and that shouldn't be surprising. The soon-to-be-35-year-old has been constantly lauded for his ability to handle a pitching staff and call a game. Add in his experience and more-than-capable bat, and Ruiz is a hot target on the market.
After completing a four-year, $13.35 million deal, according to CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury, Ruiz is looking for a multiyear deal and all signs point to the catcher believing it’s time to get paid (see story).
Doing so is "a priority" for the Phillies — and possibly many others.