Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Dodgers are trading catcher Carlos Ruiz to the Mariners. It’s not yet known what the Dodgers will receive in return, but it could mean that the Mariners are paying the $4.5 million on the catcher’s club option for the 2017 season.
Ruiz, 37, hit .264/.365/.348 in 233 plate appearances between the Phillies and Dodgers. He lost his starting role with the Phillies to Cameron Rupp, then served as the backup to Yasmani Grandal with the Dodgers.
Chris Iannetta played in a majority of the Mariners’ games behind the plate, but he’s a free agent. Ruiz will likely be second-string behind Mike Zunino. While Ruiz doesn’t hit for much power these days, he has excellent plate discpline and is well-regarded for his ability to work with a pitching staff.