By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: November 9th, 2013 at 12:37 pm EST
You would think that the Boston Red Sox would be set at catcher after winning the World Series.
But that may not be the case, as the Red Sox are targeting Philadelphia Phillies free agent catcher Carlos Ruiz. Ruiz is not the only catcher that the Red Sox have interest in, as they are also interested in Atlanta Braves free agent catcher Brian McCann.
The Red Sox had Jarrod Saltalamacchia as the starter with David Ross as the backup. Saltalamacchia is a free agent this winter, which is why the Red Sox are looking at other options if they are unable to sign their own first.
McCann wants a long-term contract worth reportedly a $100 million, while Ruiz is expected to receive a short-term contract worth considerably less.
After missing the first 50 games due to being suspended for Major League Baseball’s performance enhancing drug policy, Ruiz would finish the season with a .268 batting average with five home runs and 37 RBI’s in 92 games.
The Phillies did not make a qualifying offer to Ruiz. And the team reportedly is not going to wait on Ruiz, even though they want Ruiz to return.
“I can assure you if it takes similar as long [to get a deal done], there will be very little chance of bringing Chooch back,” said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. “We can’t afford to miss out on other opportunities.”
If the Phillies are unable to keep Ruiz, the team is expected to target McCann, Saltalamacchia, Dioner Navarro and John Buck. McCann is the best catcher of the bunch, but as mentioned before, he is seeking a huge contract from his new team.
The 29-year-old reportedly has the Texas Rangers and the Red Sox as the front runners, but things can always change. This season with the Braves, he had a .256 batting average with 20 home runs and 57 RBI’s in a 102 games.
“At this point, Brian’s a catcher,” said B.B. Abbott, McCann’s agent. “He’s a 29-year-old catcher who’s on a Hall of Fame path. You don’t see those kind of guys hit free agency.”