ORLANDO, Fla. -- Ruben Amaro Jr. continues to say, “It takes two to tango,” whenever asked about his bid to bring back free-agent catcher Carlos Ruiz.
Ruiz is getting a lot of buzz at these general managers meetings. The Denver Post has reported that the Rockies have made an offer. Fox Sports cites a source as saying Ruiz has received a two-year, $20 million offer from an unidentified club. In addition to the Rockies, the Red Sox and Blue Jays appear to have interest in Ruiz.
The Phillies have made bringing back Ruiz a priority, but Amaro has made it clear he won’t wait forever.
“You can’t let things drag out too much,” he said. “You have to get your business done.”
Ruiz just finished a four-year, $13.35 million deal with the Phillies. He made $5 million in 2013. Ruiz is looking for a multiyear deal that will at least double his 2013 salary in average annual value. Clearly, he and the Phillies have exchanged proposals, but no deal yet.
“We’re still interested in bringing him back,” Amaro said.
Could a resolution come soon?
“I’m not sure,” Amaro said.
If the Phillies don’t re-sign Ruiz, they could look to sign free agent A.J. Pierzynski or Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Phils have done their due diligence on both players.
“There are other targets,” Amaro said. “We’ve made inquiries about a lot of different guys. There are a number of guys available and there aren’t as many seats [for catchers] as people think.”