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Carlos Ruiz | Catcher | #51

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (37) / 1/22/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / UDFA / PHI
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Mariners acquired C Carlos Ruiz from the Dodgers for LHP Vidal Nuno.
The deal was agreed to on Sunday night and officially announced Monday morning. Ruiz isn't a starting-caliber catcher anymore, but he can provide veteran insurance behind Mike Zunino in Seattle. The 37-year-old Ruiz is owed $4.5 million on a team option for 2017. He turns 38 years old in January. Nov 7 - 9:40 AM

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mariners have acquired Carlos Ruiz from the Dodgers.

No word yet on what would be heading back to the Dodgers in return, but it isn't likely to be much. The Dodgers would have had to pay a $500,000 buyout to decline his option for 2017, so by flipping him elsewhere, they'll likely add a low-level prospect and save themselves money in the process.
Nov 6 - 9:20 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Carlos Ruiz is available via trade.

The Dodgers hold a $4.5 million option on Ruiz for next season. It's not an egregious price to pay, but the Dodgers already have Austin Barnes pegged as Yasmani Grandal's backup in 2017. If they're unable to work out a trade with someone, they might just decline the option and pay Ruiz a $500,000 buyout. Slated to turn 38 in January, Ruiz batted .264/.365/.348 with three homers over 62 games this season.
Oct 31 - 4:28 PM

Carlos Ruiz will hit cleanup in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Thursday.

In case it wasn't already obvious, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has made some interesting changes to his lineup with left-hander Jon Lester on the hill for the Cubs. In addition to Ruiz hitting cleanup, Enrique Hernandez will bat leadoff and play second base. Meanwhile, Yasiel Puig will start in right field and bat seventh. Here's the full lineup for Los Angeles: Hernández 2B, Justin Turner 3B, Corey Seager SS Ruiz C, Howie Kendrick LF, Adrian González 1B, Puig RF, Joc Pederson CF, Kenda Maeda SP.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Friday that Carlos Ruiz could start the first game of the NLCS against the Cubs on Saturday.

Roberts admitted that the decision hasn't been made yet. Ruiz is a much better hitter against left-handed pitching and Jon Lester is set to take the hill for the Cubs in the opener of the series.
Oct 14 - 7:10 PM

Carlos Ruiz launched a two-run, pinch-hit homer in Monday's loss to the Nationals.

Some felt that Ruiz should have started the game against left-hander Gio Gonzalez, but instead he came off the bench to take the southpaw deep in the fifth inning. It cut the Nats' lead to one run at the time, but Washington out-scored the Dodgers 4-0 the rest of the way. The Dodgers are on the brink of elimination.
Oct 10 - 8:25 PM

Dodgers acquired C Carlos Ruiz and cash from the Phillies in exchange for C A.J. Ellis, RHP Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later.

Ruiz had been with the Phillies since 2006. He hit .266 with 68 HR and 401 RBI during that span while making it to the World Series in 2008 and 2009. The 37-year-old will slide in as Yasmani Grandal's backup with Ellis filling a similar role in Philadelphia behind Cameron Rupp. With Ruiz gone, Ryan Howard is the lone holdover from Philadelphia's World Series team in '08. He might be gone soon as well.
Aug 25 - 5:40 PM

Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard have cleared waivers, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark.

Which means they can now be traded to any team. Stark hears that two clubs are mulling Ruiz, but Howard is virtually certain to remain in Philadelphia. Ruiz, 37, has batted .261/.368/.352 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 48 games this season with the Phillies. He will be a free agent this winter.
Aug 24 - 3:32 PM

Carlos Ruiz's surprising start to the season continued Monday, as he went 3-for-4 at the plate in a loss to the Cardinals.

Ruiz grounded out in his first at-bat but then singled, doubled and singled in his next three trips to the dish. The veteran catcher is second on the depth chart behind Cameron Rupp, but he's earned more time than he was probably supposed to receive with a .341/.413/.634 start to the season.
May 2 - 11:35 PM

Carlos Ruiz continued his mini power surge, connecting with his third homer of the year in the eighth inning against the Nationals on Wednesday.

Ruiz is 37 years old and doesn't play everyday, but he's taken advantage of the playing time he's been given. After hammering a 3-2 pitch from lefty Sammy Solis over the left-field wall in the eighth inning, prompting some "Chooch!" chants, he is now hitting .294/.368/.588 in 38 plate appearances. The Phillies won't be afraid to give him additional opportunities to start if he continues to swing the bat well.
Apr 27 - 10:41 PM

Carlos Ruiz homered and doubled Thursday against the Reds on Thursday.

Quite the unexpected outburst from the veteran backstop. Ruiz didn't have a single extra-base hit this spring. In 2015, he had only two homers and one game in which he had multiple extra-base hits. The hits today were legit, though. He lined a double to the opposite field and then took Keyvius Sampson well out to left in the eighth. Ruiz is supposed to play behind Cameron Rupp this season, but more at-bats could come if he hits. The Phillies would surely like to build up his trade value some.
Apr 7 - 3:54 PM

Carlos Ruiz went 3-for-4 with his second homer and ninth double Friday against the Giants.

Ruiz has been reduced to sharing time with Cameron Rupp because of his offensive struggles, but he's picked it up some lately, going 7-for-14 with four extra-base hits and three walks in his last four starts. The Phillies will probably restore some of his at-bats in the hopes of boosting his trade value.
Sat, Jul 11, 2015 01:53:00 AM

Carlos Ruiz is out of the Phillies' lineup again Tuesday against the Yankees.

He's sitting for the fourth time in the last five games. Ruiz, 36, is batting just .227/.296/.264 over 49 games this season and might continue to lose at-bats. Cameron Rupp will start behind the plate again Tuesday.
Tue, Jun 23, 2015 04:02:00 PM

Carlos Ruiz is not in the Phillies' lineup Monday.

Ruiz took multiple foul tips off his mask on Sunday afternoon, but there's no word of any sort of concussion symptoms. It's just a day off. Cameron Rupp will start behind the plate on Monday night against the Yankees.
Mon, Jun 22, 2015 03:39:00 PM

Carlos Ruiz is not in the Phillies' lineup Monday.

It's just a day of rest for the veteran catcher, who's batting .237/.310/.276 in 46 games this season. Cameron Rupp will start behind the plate and hit eighth.
Mon, Jun 15, 2015 03:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Carlos Ruiz
3Jesus Sucre
4Steven Baron
1B1Daniel Vogelbach
2Danny Valencia
3D.J. Peterson
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Jean Segura
2Shawn O'Malley
3B1Kyle Seager
2Richie Shaffer
LF1Seth Smith
2Mike Freeman
CF1Leonys Martin
2Guillermo Heredia
RF1Ben Gamel
2Mitch Haniger
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4Ariel Miranda
5Robert Whalen
6Chris Heston
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Edwin Diaz
2Steve Cishek
3Marc Rzepczynski
4Nick Vincent
5Evan Scribner
6Nate Karns
7Arquimedes Caminero
8Daniel Altavilla
9Casey Fien
10James Pazos
11Thyago Vieira
12Cody Martin
13Paul Fry
14Micah Owings