Philadelphia Phillies' Carlos Ruiz hits a three-run home run during the fifth inning of Game 1 of the National League Championship baseball series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
January 25, 2010 9:43:27 AM PST
By ROB MAADDI
PHILADELPHIA - January 25, 2010 --
A person familiar with the negotiations says catcher Carlos Ruiz and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to an $8.85 million, three-year contract that avoids salary arbitration.