Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  By By Ken Rosenthal  |  Last updated 11/12/13
The representative for free-agent Carlos Ruiz has told at least one team that it needs to offer a two-year, $20 million contract to remain competitive for his client. The obvious question: Which club bid at that level, or close to it? Could it be the Boston Red Sox? Yes, $10 million per season would be a lot for Ruiz, who earned only $5 million last season, turns 35 on Jan. 22 and served a 25-game suspension last season for using an amphetamine. On the other hand, the Red Sox seem disinclined to sign a free-agent catcher long-term, knowing it would block their minor league prospects at the position. That seemingly would rule out Brian McCann. And while Jarrod Saltalamacchia remains an option, he likely will want more than a two-year deal at 28. A trade for another catcher is always possible, but Ruiz does makes sense for the Red Sox -- and remember, the team was willing to overpay on short-term deals last offseason. Ruiz's suspension is not viewed as a major detriment, accord...
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