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Report: Dodgers to trade Carlos Ruiz to the Mariners

Division Series - Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Three

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Carlos Ruiz #51 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two-run home run in the in fifth inning in game three of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium on October 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Update (12:11 PM EST): The Dodgers are expected to receive left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno from the Mariners, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.


Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Dodgers are trading catcher Carlos Ruiz to the Mariners. It’s not yet known what the Dodgers will receive in return, but it could mean that the Mariners are paying the $4.5 million on the catcher’s club option for the 2017 season.

Ruiz, 37, hit .264/.365/.348 in 233 plate appearances between the Phillies and Dodgers. He lost his starting role with the Phillies to Cameron Rupp, then served as the backup to Yasmani Grandal with the Dodgers.

Chris Iannetta played in a majority of the Mariners’ games behind the plate, but he’s a free agent. Ruiz will likely be second-string behind Mike Zunino. While Ruiz doesn’t hit for much power these days, he has excellent plate discpline and is well-regarded for his ability to work with a pitching staff.

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