Rockies interested in Carlos Ruiz

Doug Pensinger

Ruiz could give the Rockies a defensive upgrade at catcher while freeing more at-bats for Wilin Rosario at first base or right field.

The Colorado Rockies are interested in signing free agent catcher Carlos Ruiz, reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post.

Ruiz started 83 games for the Phillies in 2013, batting .268/.320/.368 over 341 plate appearances. He has shown more ability to contribute offensively in the past; Ruiz hit .325/.394/.540 in 2012, and is a career .274/.358/.412 hitter.

The veteran missed time last season, serving a 25-game suspension for Adderall and spending nearly a month on the disabled with a strained right hamstring.

Wilin Rosario served as the Rockies primary catcher in 2013, batting .292/.315/.486 while starting 103 games behind the plate. Ruiz is considered a better defender than Rosario, and his addition could potentially free up more at-bats for Rosario at first base or right field.

Philadelphia remains interested in re-signing Ruiz, according to Renck. Ruiz made $5 million in 2013, and is eligible for free agency for the first time in his career.

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