Carlos Ruiz is one of those unsung type players. Sometimes, you don't notice him a whole lot, unless he's not there. Now, Ruiz has some security with the Phillies after signing a three-year, $8.850 million deal that takes him through the 2012 season.
GM Ruben Amaro Jr. worked his way through the list of arbitration eligible players on his roster and signed Joe Blanton, Shane Victorino and Ruiz to three-year deals. Reliever Chad Durbin also avoided arbitration with a one-year deal. Ruiz' deal carries a team option year for 2013 that can be bought out for $500 thousand. The deal also includes various incentives throughout the deal.
Ruiz worked his way through the Phillies system and made his major league debut in May of 2006. In 366 games with the Phillies, Ruiz has hit .246 and hit a career-high nine home runs in 2009. He's been one of the better offensive threats that the Phillies have had in the post-season, where he has hit .303 in 32 post-season games with the Phillies, including starting every game in each of the past three post-seasons.
Where Ruiz has especially earned his new deal is on defense. Ruiz has a career fielding percentage of .994 and has gained the respect of the Phillies pitchers for his ability to call games and block pitches in the dirt.
The Phillies have now eliminated all of their potential arbitration hearings.