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Phillies, Ruiz Agree To 3-Year, $26 Million Deal

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Catcher Carlos Ruiz has agreed to a three-year, $26 million contract with the Phillies, Senior Vice President and General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced Thursday.

The contract includes a club option for 2017, along with performance and award bonuses.

"Numerous times we've stated Carlos' importance to our ballclub," said Amaro in a statement.  "Not only does he combine excellent defense with offensive production, but the last couple years he has developed into a clubhouse leader and someone who is relied upon, not just by the pitchers he works with but by young position players, as well.  Carlos is a championship-caliber player at a premium position and we are very happy to have him as a Phillie for 2014 and beyond."

Ruiz, 34, has spent all eight of his MLB seasons with the Phillies. Ruiz hit .268 with five home runs and 37 RBIs in 2013.

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