Chooooooooooch is riiiiiiiiiiiiiiich: Phillies C Carlos Ruiz signs three year, $9 million extension.

And then, there were none.  The Phillies have reportedly settled their final arbitration case today, agreeing to a three year extension with catcher Carlos Ruiz worth $9 million.

His significant and deserved post-season reputation aside, Ruiz posted a career high .355 OBP in 2009, and a .780 OPS, good for second and fifth in the league, respectively, among NL catchers with at least 350 plate appearances.

And all of that despite a BABIP of just .266.

Extending catchers is a risky proposition, but the past 12 months has seen the Phillies dump or trade four viable catchers/prospects (Jason Jaramillo, Ronny Paulino, Lou Marson, Travis D'Arnaud), leaving just Sebastian Valle, in low-A, at least a couple years away from Philadelphia.  Ruiz has shown that he has the trust of his pitching staff and, since he only started as a catcher regularly in his late turns teens, he's a "young" 31 in catcher terms.

Congrats, Chooch!

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