Ruiz and the Phillies have agreed to a $26 million, three-year contract that will keep the former All-Star catcher in Philadelphia, two people familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press. The contract includes a club option for 2017.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal hasn’t been officially announced.
Ruiz, who turns 35 in January, is known for excellent defensive skills and strong rapport with the pitching staff. He had career-highs with a .325 average, 16 homers and 68 RBI in 2012, when he made his first All-Star team.
A-ROD UPDATE: In Boca Raton, Fla. a Florida police department has reopened an investigation into the theft of documents related to baseball’s inquiry into whether Alex Rodriguez used performance-enhancing drugs.
Boca Raton police officer Sandra Boonenberg said Monday the investigation was reopened several weeks ago based on new information stemming from Rodriguez’s lawsuit against Major League Baseball.
Boonenberg offered few details on the open investigation but said detectives have “a lot of leads that they’re pursuing.”
• Rodriguez’s grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension resumed Monday with the first of what could be 10 consecutive days of sessions.
The sides spent their ninth day before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who also heard the case from Sept. 30-Oct. 3 and Oct. 15-18. Rodriguez’s legal team was set to call witnesses when the hearing resumed.
EXHIBITIONS: The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks will play two exhibition games against Team Australia before their two-game series that opens next year’s Major League Baseball season.
New South Wales state Premier Barry O’Farrell said Tuesday that the Australian national team will play the Dodgers on March 20 and the Diamondbacks on March 21.
The tuneups will allow more fans to see the visiting major league teams while they acclimatize to local conditions and the Sydney Cricket Ground before their two-game series to be played March 22-23.
PADRES: Promoted Dave Roberts to bench coach.
Roberts, who had been the first-base coach the past three seasons, replaces Rick Renteria, who was hired as manager of the Chicago Cubs on Nov. 7.
Jose Valentin will replace Roberts as first base coach.
TIGERS: Former All-Stars Omar Vizquel and Wally Joyner will be part of new manager Brad Ausmus’ coaching staff.
Vizquel was hired as the first-base coach and Joyner as hitting coach, the Tigers said Monday. Vizquel also will serve as an infield and baserunning coach. It was also announced that Mick Billmeyer will be the team’s bullpen coach and Matt Martin will be a defensive coordinator.