Salisury: Yankees have “kicked around” the idea of pursuing Carlos Ruiz


Via Jim Salisbury: The Yankees have “kicked around” the idea of pursuing Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz in a trade. He doesn’t say if the two sides have discussed anything, however. For what it’s worth, Phillies CEO David Montgomery indicated to Ken Rosenthal that the team is hesitant to sell at the moment. They did take the plunge and deal both Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence at the deadline last year, remember.

Ruiz, 34, is hitting .273/.310/.299 (68) in only 84 plate appearances this year, down considerably from his career-best 151 wRC+ a year ago. He’s missed a bunch of time with a hamstring injury and a 25-game amphetamine-related suspension. Chooch has always been regarded as a strong defender and a good clubhouse guy, plus he’s owed only ~$2.5M for the rest of this season before becoming a free agent. Even before his huge year in 2012, Ruiz produced a 113 wRC+ from 2009-2011. Adding even a league-average hitting catcher to the lineup would be a huge, huge upgrade for the Yankees. This is a rumor that I hope has some legs.

Categories : Asides, Trade Deadline


  1. Eric Koc says:

    What’s the point?

    Team isn’t going to win the World Series- why give up any (no matter how small) chips?

  2. Gino says:

    Ruiz is 34, not 24.

  3. MB923 says:

    You got the age wrong there.

  4. Jimmy says:

    He’s only 24 what the hell?

  5. Craig Miller says:

    Mayberry, too, pls.

  6. Chris in Durham says:

    And Ruiz is better than Cervelli, how? Isn’t Cervi gonna be back in like 3 weeks?

    Catching situation bashing on RIVERAVEBLUES.COM: Not half as interesting as a game between the ‘Stros and the Marlins.

    • Crime Dog says:

      Ruiz has 4 seasons of more than 100 OPS+. Cervellis never played more than 100 games in the big leagues, and his minor league career slash line is substantially worse than Ruiz’s major league slash line…

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      Cervelli had a few good weeks to start the season. So did Vernon Wells. Don’t count on it continuing.

      Ruiz has an actual track record of legitimate success at the ML level.

    • Cool Lester Smooth says:

      “Ruiz is better than Cervelli, how?”

      Well, Ruiz hits for a better average, hits for more power, walks more often, strikes out less often and is miles better defensively.

      Other than that, though? They’re basically the same player.

  7. stuart a says:

    he is 24 if you subtract 10 years from his real age. kinda like fausta carmona.

  8. Crime Dog says:

    Bring me Ruiz and Mayberry. Mayberry can play some 1B (or stand there and look like he can), and Ruiz is a ridiculous upgrade over any catcher in the system.

    • Wolfgang's Fault says:

      Ruiz is a free agent following the season, but he’s definitely someone you’d consider renting if we’re still in this thing in a few weeks. While not enamored w/Mayberry, he’s only 29. Is he a F/A as well following season? If you’re the Yankees, if you pull the trigger, you’ve gotta figure Romine, and Almonte would be part of the deal & we’d probably have to include one or two other pitchers/players. I’d be patient and wait it out for a few more weeks and see where we are before I’d be willing to do this. If the wheels fall off in the meantime, we can become sellers rather than buyers, & if the wheels miraculously stay on, it will be because players such as Adams, Almonte, maybe Romine, & others really stepped up. I’d wait to revisit this until around/after the A/S break.

  9. TheOneWhoKnocks says:

    Probably better than Cervelli(though maybe not, at this point)
    but he’s definitely way better than Romine and Stewart, and Cervelli has never been a full time guy so to expect him to hold up for the rest of the year isn’t wise.
    Once Cervelli returns, I think Cervelli should get the lions share of the playing time.
    I feel a lot better about a Cervelli/Ruiz C situation than a Cervelli/Stewart situation.

  10. trr says:

    This team needs quite a bit if they want to continue to contend.
    I’m OK w/Ruiz, but hope they don’t overspend in this instance, that is if it comes to pass at all

  11. J-Money says:

    Trade for him and re-sign him in the offseason. Don’t wanna go into another Spring Training with Stewvelli as the top catchers

  12. Guns says:

    Maybe the Yankees can “kick around” the idea of developing players that can play baseball at the major league level.

    • Scout says:

      Remember that the Cashman-Oppenheimer regime has only been in place since 2005, a mere [eight] years. You gotta give ‘em some time to clean up the mess they inherited. (Update and keep repeating in 2014, 2015,….)

    • Cool Lester Smooth says:

      Yeah, think how much better the team would be if we had a farm capable of producing the best 2B in baseball, a top 5 CF, a couple of elite high-strikeout relievers, and an inconsistent but occasionally brilliant no. 4 starter.

  13. nycsportzfan says:

    I don’t like 34yr old cathers in the middle of a injury riddled season to much. Not to mention, his career yr was last season. Outside of that yr, he never had much power either. I’d just wait for Cervelli.

    • Crime Dog says:

      He was always a good hitter, I don’t think teams are gonna think last year was for real. He’s substantially better than Cervelli, look at their track records. Plus, it would push Cervelli to a backup role, so Stewart and Romine are in AAA (theoretically)

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      You’re playing him part time for a bit longer than the stretch run. That’s not asking for a ton.

  14. FIPster Doofus says:

    I want Utley.

  15. Wrecky says:

    25-game suspension, not 25-man suspension. I love editing…

  16. dp says:

    This team is done…no trades unless it’s for young talent…11 and 13 for June an outscored 103 to 80. They need to clean house!

    • I'm One says:

      Let’s see. Hughes and Joba won’t be back after the season, Granderson is unlikely to return. At least one of Pettitte/Kuroda is likey gone. Mo is retiring. Is that enough? I’m sure there will be a few other minor pieces moving around as well.

      I find it funny that a team that’s currently only 4 games back of the division lead and within .5 game of the wild card a few games away from the mid-point of the season with some major players returning and the possibility of upgrading via trades is considered out of the playoff race. I seem to remember a few years where they were around 10 games back at this point of the season (and later) and still mae the playoffs.

      • FIPster Doofus says:

        “I seem to remember a few years where they were around 10 games back at this point of the season (and later) and still mae the playoffs.”

        That team didn’t have a t-ball offense.

        • I'm One says:

          I understand your concerns about the offense. When your starting pitcher gives up 2 runs over 7 innings, you should win that game. But, this team also has significant players returning in the 2nd half. And still has the possibility of adding others via trade.

          • FIPster Doofus says:

            You are correct. All we can do is hope the reinforcements/possible deadline pickups are enough.

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              Exactly. They’re not going to reinvent a team as July approaches. This was going to be a tough season, and I fear as much as anyone else that the team is trending downward unless a combination of the two you mentioned happens. Let’s be grateful that the patchwork, and lack of anyone else’s wanting to run away with the division, still have the team where they are about two months after we thought the reinforcements would be back.

      • dp says:

        This team has played .500 ball since May 1st an are 2 games under in June…they have no chance…this teams smells worse and worse the longer the season goes. On the season they give up more runs then they score…the fat lady is SINGING!

        • Cool Lester Smooth says:

          As much as I appreciate your proper use of the ellipsis, I think your analysis is pretty wrongheaded. It was always going to be about maintaining until the starters come back. That’s taken a little longer than expected, but it’s still the plan.

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            Too few ellipses, I think.

            Proper gloom and doom involves a full line’s worth, plus a parade.

            • Cool Lester Smooth says:

              It’s so confusing! Whenever someone has a shitload of periods in a row, I know to skip the comment. He’s screwing up my whole strategy with this.

            • dp says:

              The glass half full gang take your collective heads out of your rear end! No one is coming back to save this team. Sell what you can and retool for next year. Boston did it last year and they are in first place this year.

  17. plus, let’s be honest, it would be fun to scream “chooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooch!” after he does something good!

    Michael Kay would then have to explain to the TV audience that “you know, they aren’t booing him, they are saying ‘chooooch’”. That hack.

  18. s. Scotti says:

    Go after legit ball players, Mauer, Mouneau from Twins, Headley from San Diego etc. Get a new mgr.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      If Morneau and Headley played for the Yankees right now and were struggling as mightily as they are, you’d be calling for their heads. Morneau, in particular, hasn’t been truly effective since before his concussion in 2010 – when he was on his way to the MVP. He might be done, sadly.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      You mean, like, chase them down the street?

  19. jsbrendog says:

    fill hughes 4 rooiz. cashman sucks, he wont do it.

  20. Mr. Roth says:

    Options > Gameplay Options > Force Trades > Enable

    Joba Chamberlain for Buster Posey

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