All along it's been assumed that the Phillies will re-sign free agent catcher Carlos Ruiz to keep him in the city where he won a World Series and won over an entire fan base with years of improvement and clutch hitting.
But to think Ruiz -- who has stated multiple times he'd like to remain with the Phils -- will stay in Philadelphia even if better offers come his way is naive, and it appears another National League team is making him a priority.
The Rockies are pursuing Ruiz, according to Troy Renck of The Denver Post. Colorado is looking to improve its defense and find a different position for Wilin Rosario, its power-hitting catcher who lacks the defensive pedigree of Ruiz. With Todd Helton retiring, Rosario could see a lot of time at first base.
Renck also mentions Brian McCann as a possibility for the Rockies, but notes that McCann will receive a significant payday, one that is likely out of Colorado's price range. Plus, McCann doesn't solve the Rockies' defensive issues behind the plate -- he's seen as an average or below-average defensive backstop.
Ruiz, 34, is coming off a team-friendly, three-year, $8.85 million contract with the Phillies. It's time for him to get paid as this is almost certainly his last chance at a pricey multi-year deal.
Aside from Ruiz and McCann, the top free-agent catchers are A.J. Pierzynski, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Dioner Navarro. Other catchers, such as A.J. Ellis of the Dodgers and Chris Iannetta of the Angels, could be made available depending on where McCann lands.