Chooch and Jose Sign: The Phillies avoided arbitration with catcher Carlos Ruiz, signing him to a 3-year extension for $8.85 million. Chooch came up clutch throughout the 2009 Postseason, and his ability to call a good game far outweighs his offensive shortcomings. Today, the Phillies officially announced the signing of 38-year-old righty Jose Contreras. He’s expected to serve in the long-man, spot starter role this year, similar to the role filled by Chan Ho Park in 2009. On a minor note, the Phils also claimed utility infielder Brian Bocock off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. There’s currently no room on the bench for Bocock, so I expect him to start the season donning an IronPigs uniform.
On the Move: Several former Phillies, including one folk hero, found themselves in new uniforms recently. Each of the following players will be non-roster invitees to their new teams' Spring Training camps.
Tyler Walker (2009) – Signed with the Washington Nationals
Miguel Cairo (2009) – Signed with the Cincinnati Reds
Greg Golson (2008) – Acquired by the New York Yankees after being designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers
Matt Stairs (2008-2009) – Signed with the San Diego Padres
Elizardo Ramirez (2004) – Signed with the Texas Rangers
Steven Register (2009) – Signed with the Toronto Blue Jays
Zack Segovia (2007) – Signed with the New York Yankees