UPDATE (8:50 PM):
Looks like LHP Vidal Nuno will be the one heading down to Los Angeles
The deal has not been finalized, but LHP Vidal Nuno is the player the Dodgers are expected to get back for Carlos Ruiz.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) November 7, 2016
The Jerry Dipoto Trade Parade is officially here! According to Jon Heyman, the Mariners have worked out a deal to acquire catcher Carlos Ruiz from the Los Angeles Dodgers:
Sources: Carlos ruiz being traded to mariners— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 7, 2016
Ruiz enjoyed a nice bounce back season in 2016, putting up a 99 wRC+ while slashing .264/.365/.348 across 233 plate appearances with the Phillies and Dodgers. That, combined with his always reliable defense, helped him to a 1.5 fWAR on the season.
Ruiz will be 38-years-old when the season gets underway and is set to earn $4.5m in 2017, assuming the Mariners pick up his team option. He isn’t the sexiest acquisition, but as far as having Zunino insurance goes, the Mariners could do a hell of a lot worse, especially when you consider that their internal options are the featherweight-hitting Jesus Sucre and prospect Tyler Marlette, who has never played above Double-A.
As of this moment, there is no word on a potential package being sent to Los Angeles. I will update this post with the news as soon as it emerges.