The Phillies finalized a 3-year, $8.85 million deal with catcher Carlos Ruiz after Ruiz passed a physical earlier today.
The deal includes a $5 million club option for 2013, which would be Ruiz’ first year of free agency.
The Panama native has started 292 games behind the plate over the last three seasons. Phillies pitchers posted a 4.00 ERA with Ruiz behind the plate last season, 1 year after they posted a 3.82 ERA.
Ruiz, who turned 31 on Friday, hit .255 with a .355 on-base percentage .780 OPS last year, driving in 43 runs and hitting nine home runs while batting primarily eighth last season. He was one of the Phillies’ top performers during their postseason run this year, hitting .385 with a home run and four RBI in the NLCS and .333 with a home run and two RBI in the World Series.