Today the Philadelphia Phillies made many anticipated roster moves. All-Star Catcher Carlos Ruiz had his $5,000,000 option exercised by the team. Ruiz had a career year offensively with a slash line of .325/.394/.540 with his batting average & Slugging percentage both being career highs. His defensive impact was also felt and his leading of the pitching staff makes him one of the most important parts of the Phillies moving forward. Ruiz will be a free agent after 2013 if him & the Phillies cannot reach a contract extension.
Relief pitcher Jose Contreras had his option declined by the Phillies. Contreras was signed by the team in 2010 as a possible 5th starter but was moved into the bullpen full time for the first time in his career. In 2010 he went 6-4 with 4 saves and had a 3.34 ERA. He only pitched in 34 games in the last two seasons for the Phillies due to elbow injuries. His career with the Phillies is 7-4 with a 3.74 ERA in 101 games pitched. He had 9 total saves and struck out 85 in 84.1 innings pitched. The Phillies will pay him a $500,000 buyout and is not known at this time if he’ll be able to pitch again following a torn elbow ligament.
Ty Wigginton had his $4,000,000 team option declined by the Phillies. Wigginton was obtained in a trade with the Colorado Rockies on November 20th of 2011 and was paid $2,000,000 by the Phillies and $2,000,000 by the Rockies for last season. He also gets a $500,000 buyout. Wigginton was expected to be a backup player but was thrown into a starting role with Ryan Howard not able to start the season and injuries to Placido Polanco. He hit .235/.314/.375 the past season with his average & OBP both career lows. He connected for 11 home runs and had 43 RBI’s.
Polanco also had his option declined by the Phillies for his $5,500,000 option in 2013 and will receive a $1,000,000 buyout. Polanco was signed by the Phillies in 2009 for his second go around with the team. Polanco has battled elbow & neck injuries in his 3 seasons with the team. He was an excellent fielder for the team and went to the All-Star team in 2011 and won a Gold Glove that season as well. He posted career lows in Average, OBP & slugging in 2011.Tags: Carlos Ruiz, Jose Contreras, Philadelphia Phillies, Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Ty Wigginton