Catcher Carlos Ruiz is an original Phillie from the 2008 World Series team. Should he be traded to bring in younger talent?
Philadelphia Phillies fans refer to him as “Chooch” and remember that famous moment of him and pitcher Brad Lidge hugging on the mound after winning the 2008 World Series. Today, Carlos Ruiz is one of the only two 2008 Philadelphia Phillies in the lineup where he shares the catching duties with Cameron Rupp. He had a slow start but now has the third highest average on the team. Should the Phillies consider trading him?
Carlos Ruiz was not the opening day catcher yet he finished the month of April with a .297 batting average. He may have only played in ten games and have had 37 at bats but he was able to produce eleven hits. Six of those hits resulted in an RBI. He also showed his power and hit three home runs.
So far in May Ruiz has had fifteen at-bats. Four of those at bats had resulted in a hit and he has an average of .267.
This is most likely his last season in a Philadelphia Phillies uniform. Should the Phillies consider shopping him around?
Ruiz has had quite the career as he will be turning 37 in January. He has caught four no-hitters, including a perfect game thrown by Roy Halladay. It could be time for Ruiz to share his success with another team.
Could the Phillies play on without him? Ruiz and Cameron Rupp have been sharing the playing. Rupp has been struggling offensively. This season thus far, Rupp has a .250 average with 72 at bats. He only has four RBIs and one homerun. Offensively, the Phillies losing Ruiz could be risky if they want to continue winning games this season.
The Phillies have two catching prospects in the minors, Andrew Knapp and Jorge Alfaro. Both players had an offensive spring training. So far in the minors this season Knapp is hitting .222 and Alfaro is hitting .451 but had missed twenty games.
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Defensively? The only player who has committed any errors has been Knapp, and he has four already this season.
Ruiz has been a backbone of the Philadelphia Phillies for a long time. However, if the Phillies were able to complete a trade it may be a good move for both sides.