From the reported numbers, that should come to an average of $8,666,666 a year for Ruiz. For a guy who had a stellar 2012 but a dismal 2013, you have to think that these terms are a bit much for Chooch, who we are hoping will repeat an offensive performance from which he is two years removed.
Don't get me wrong, I love Chooch, but 3 years is a lot for a 35 year old catcher in a noticable offensive decline and recently benched due to injuries. I do like this move better than signing say, AJ Pierzynski from the Rangers. Chooch, a fan favorite, can absolutely handle this pitching staff, but desperately needs a new approach at the plate. He batted .268 last year after batting .325 the year before in which he was selected to the NL All Star team.
*Silver Lining* When you compare RAJ's first two signings of the off-season, I would certainly hope that they give Carlos Ruiz more money than Marlon Byrd.
As you can see below, some of us are very happy to hear that Chooch will be back.