By Sam Bush
Spring training opens for the Phillies this week, and it figures to be the final season in Clearwater and Philly for the beloved catcher Carlos Ruiz.
The Phillies have a $500,000 buyout on a 2017 club option. Ruiz endured his worst season at the plate in 2015, posting a .575 OPS.
Ruiz said he understood why Carmeron Rupp earned more playing time than him, but Ruiz said he still believes he can be a No. 1 catcher.
He will have the opportunity to prove it this spring.