Phils Pick Up Chooch’s Option
So it came to nobody’s surprise today when the Phillies picked up the $5 million club option for next season. The Phillies had a $500,000 buyout, but there was no way they were going to take that. Ruiz hit .325 with 32 doubles, 16 home runs, 68 RBIs and a .935 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in 114 games this season.
The Phillies declined their side of a $5.5 million mututal option with Placido Polanco. They will pay him a $1 million buyout instead. They also declined a $2.5 million option for Jose Contreras and a $4 million option for Ty Wigginton. Both will receive $500,000 buyouts.
Juan Pierre and Brian Schneider also became free agents, although neither are likely to be back.
Free agents are eligible to negotiate and sign with any team beginning at 12:01 a.m. EST Saturday.
Also, MLB.com’s Jake Kaplan caught up yesterday with Vance Worley. Read the story about Worley’s rehab from elbow surgery here.