Carlos Ruiz, Phillies agree to 3-year deal: report

Two people familiar with the negotiations tell the Associated Press that Carlos Ruiz and the Phillies have agreed to a $26 million US, three-year contract that will keep the former All-Star catcher in Philadelphia.

Former All-Star catcher gets $26 million US

Carlos Ruiz hit .268 in 92 games last year after serving a 25-game suspension for using a banned amphetamine. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Two people familiar with the negotiations tell the Associated Press that Carlos Ruiz and the Phillies have agreed to a $26 million US, three-year contract that will keep the former All-Star catcher in Philadelphia.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal hasn't been officially announced. The contract also includes a club option for 2017.

The 34-year-old hit .268 in 92 games last year after serving a 25-game suspension for using a banned amphetamine.

Ruiz is known for excellent defensive skills and strong rapport with the pitching staff. He had career-highs with a .325 average, 16 homers and 68 RBIs in 2012, when he made his first All-Star team. Several teams actively sought Ruiz on the free-agent market, and retaining him was Philadelphia's top priority.

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