Phillies, Ruiz finalize $26 million, 3-year deal

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Updated: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:18:36 EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carlos Ruiz and the Philadelphia Phillies have completed their $26 million, three-year contract.

Ruiz, an All-Star catcher in 2012, hit .268 with five homers and 37 RBIs in 92 games last season after serving a 25-game suspension for using a banned amphetamine. He also spent time on the disabled list.

The Phillies announced the deal Thursday after the sides agreed to terms Monday, taking Ruiz off the free-agent market. Ruiz, who turns 35 in January, has spent his entire career with the Phillies. He played a key role in helping them win five straight NL East titles from 2007-11 and the 2008 World Series title.

Ruiz, who earned $5 million last season, will make $8.5 million in each of the next three years. Philadelphia holds a $4.5 million club option for 2017 with a $500,000 buyout.

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