Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that at least one team has a two-year, $20 million offer out for Carlos Ruiz and it is not the Colorado Rockie. New York Post columnist Joel Sherman reports separately that the Rockies are pushing for Ruiz and are willing to offer a two-year deal with an option for a third year.
Who is the team with the $20 million deal on the table? It is unknown at this point. However, it should be noted that the Rockies have expressed interest in Ruiz from the beginning and it was reported they'd be willing to give Ruiz a multi-year contract.
Ruiz, who turns 35 in January, hit .268/.320/.368 with five home runs and 37 RBIs in 92 games last season He served a 25-game suspension at the beginning of the season for testing positive for Adderall. Ruiz had a career year in 2012 batting .325/.394/.540 with 16 home runs and 68 RBIs in 114 games. In 12 career games at Coors Field, Ruiz is batting .351/.351/.649 with two home runs and eight RBIs.
Signing Ruiz would give the Rockies a chance to get slugging catcher Wilin Rosario into the lineup more often (presumably at first base). I was surprised that the Rockies originally showed interest in Ruiz but it appears now that they are serious contenders for his services.
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