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Phils sign Ruiz to $8.85 million, 3-year contract

Updated: January 26, 2010, 3:42 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Catcher Carlos Ruiz finalized an $8.85 million, three-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, avoiding salary arbitration.

Ruiz hit .255 last season with 26 doubles, a career-high nine home runs and 43 RBIs in 107 games. The Phillies went 57-43 (.570) when Ruiz started. He threw out 15 of 76 potential basestealers (19.7 percent).

Ruiz will earn $1.9 million this season, $2.75 million in 2011 and $3.7 million in 2012. The deal includes a club option for $5 million ...

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