Thursday, March 26, 2009

Ruiz, Coste Likely Catchers of '09

It appears the Phils are content to enter 2009 with Carlos Ruiz and Chris Coste behind the plate, once again. The team is reportedly shopping catcher Ronny Paulino, and it is unlikely they are looking for a catcher in return. Ruben Amaro Jr and Charlie Manuel are discouraged by Paulino's .185 spring average after a putrid 2008 in which he hit .212 with two home runs and just 18 RBI; or as Harry Kalas would say, "He hit tweleve points over the Mendoza Line."

The Phils payed a fairly steep price in acquiring Paulino from Pittsburgh, shipping catching prospect Jason Jaramillo to gain his rights. Upon determing Lou Marson to be the catcher of the future, the decision to trade Jaramillio was much easier, but still leaves one to ponder exactly what they were looking to accomplish in acquiring Paulino.

This move could open a spot with the big league club for Marson, should Coste struggle and the Phils have no other option as Ruiz's back-up.

Tune into MLB.TV at 1pm today to see two future staff aces take the ball, as Carlos Carrasco toes the rubber for the Phils and opposes Joba Chamberlain of the New York Yankees.

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