A.J. Ellis heads to Phillies in Carlos Ruiz trade
By Jon Weisman
In an exchange of catchers that will mark the end of an era in Los Angeles, A.J. Ellis has been sent to the Phillies in a trade for Carlos Ruiz.
Ellis, minor-league pitcher Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later or cash considerations will go to Philadelphia in exchange for Ruiz and cash considerations.
The 37-year-old Ruiz has a .368 on-base percentage and .352 slugging percentage (.323 weighted on-base average) in 193 plate appearances for the Phillies this year. He has been a tormentor of the Dodgers, with an .860 OPS in his regular-season career, while going 10 for 29 with two doubles, a homer, six walks and a hit-by-pitch in the playoffs against them.
Against lefties, Ruiz has consistently had an OPS above .800, including in 2016.
Both players have spent their entire careers with one organization — Ruiz signed with Philadelphia as an amateur free agent in 1998, while Ellis was drafted in 2003.
Ellis had a .340 on-base percentage and .348 slugging percentage in his 544-game Dodger career, dating back to 2008, plus a 1.065 career postseason OPS. This season, he had a .285 OBP while slugging .252.
Obviously, as I hope this piece showed, his presence was one to cherish.
Bergjans, a 2015 eighth-round draft choice, had a 4.98 ERA in 130 innings for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.