Thoughts. We all have them. And right now, they're about Carlos Ruiz's deal with the Phillies. Three years is too long! The Phillies are too old! What's wrong with Jarrod Saltalamacchia?! And, so on.
Reactions were numerous and versatile, so let's take a cross section of the local and national media to determine just how dramatically we should be reacting to Chooch staying where he is:
"...while Ruiz may have been an underrated player in the past, heading into his age-35 season, he doesn’t have far to fall before he’s little more than a replacement-level catcher. That makes his new contract, which includes a limited no-trade clause, a burden to his team."
--Cliff Corcoran, Sports Illustrated
"Even if Ruiz is no longer an everyday player in the third year of the deal, he could still provide some utility as a veteran backup. Keep in mind, the going rate for such a player is between $3 million and $4 million right now. All things considered, this is not an awful deal."
--David Murphy, Daily News
"The security the franchise hopes to get from retaining the familiar core is supposed to help on the field and in the stands, where the customers are starting to tap their toes waiting for the next era to begin. It would be a lot easier to do that, of course, if the last era would finally end."
--Bob Ford, Inquirer
"Giving Marlon Byrd a little more than he was worth was bad, but giving Carlos Ruiz, a 34-year-old catcher with platoon problems who's coming off a PED suspension a three-year deal is absolute lunacy."
--Keith Law, ESPN
"Amaro certainly went out of his way to both overpay and give an extra guaranteed year to Ruiz, and Ruiz is unlikely to be league-average or better throughout the duration of the contract, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s a relatively small blunder."
--Bill Baer, Crashburn Alley
"At the end of the day, Ruiz will be a fine addition to the 2014 Phillies. He may even work out OK for the '15 team. And this is not the worst deal Amaro has ever made. But it is an overpay, and one that will likely hurt the team in 2016."
--John Stolnis, The Good Phight
"At 34, Ruiz still has plenty of value, especially behind the plate. Phillies pitchers consistently rave about Ruiz’s game management."
--Chris Branch, Delaware News Journal
"It’s a bit strange that the instant reaction to the Ruiz deal was so negative. It was apparent since July that the Phillies intended to bring him back, and it was apparent since the season ended that the competition for his services would be strong. Two years, $20-22 million would have been OK, but three years, $26 million was too much?"
--Corey Seidman, CSN Philly