MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. wants to re-sign Carlos Ruiz this offseason and that he would like there to be balance in the lineup. The right-handed Ruiz would provide some of that balance. New manager Ryne Sandberg said he hopes to have Ruiz back in the fold for 2014.
Ruiz, who turns 35 in January, is batting .273/.324/.375 with five home runs and 37 RBIs in 81 starts this season. He had a scorching August when he hit .333/.370/.563 with four home runs and 11 RBIs in 26 games. The 2012 All-Star missed the first 25 games of the season this year due to a second positive test for Adderall.
Chooch is the leader of the Phillies pitching staff and there aren't any worries about defense when Ruiz is behind the plate. Hopefully they can work out a deal that is fair to both sides.
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