Jimmy Rollins headed to the Dodgers in December of 2014. Chase Utley joined him in August of 2015 and in January of 2016, Joe Blanton signed with the Dodgers. Now about 20 months after the Rollins deal, Carlos Ruiz is the latest member of the 2008 Phillies to don the Dodger blue.
Ironically, Ruiz, who spent his entire career with the Phillies, was dealt for another veteran catcher, A.J. Ellis, who has spent his entire career with the Dodgers. In addition to Ellis, the Phillies get right-hander Tommy Bergjans.
Ruiz was signed as an amateur free agent in 1998 and made his major league debut with the Phillies on May 6, 2006. The following season, Ruiz would take over full-time as the Phillies catcher and would leave town with 1,069 games under his chest protector. In his career with the Phillies, Ruiz hit .266 with a .352 on-base percentage, 68 home runs and 401 RBI. The 37-year old catcher was also a mainstay of the 2008 World Champions and has been credited with helping many of the young Phillies pitchers to develop during their time in the majors.
Last season, Ruiz played in 86 games with the Phillies, the lowest total of his career other than in 2006 when he wasn't with the club all season. This season, he was officially replaced by Cameron Rupp as the number-one catcher on the Phillies depth chart, but accepted the role and was hitting .261 with a .368 OBP at the time of the trade.
Ruiz will be reunited with Utley and Blanton, who are both still with the Dodgers.
Meanwhile, Ellis was drafted by the Dodgers in 2003 and made his MLB debut five seasons later as a September call-up. Ellis has been up and down with the Dodgers, catching a career-high 133 games in 2012. This season, Ellis has played in 53 games with the Dodgers and is hitting .194 with a .285 OBP. In his career, he is a .237 hitter and has 36 home runs with 191 RBI.
The 23-year old Bergjans is 3-13 with a 4.98 ERA in 24 games - 21 of them starts - with High-A Rancho Cucamonga this season. The Dodgers drafted him out of Haverford College in June, 2015 and in his two professional seasons, he's pitched to a 4.51 ERA, with 186 strikeouts in 183 2/3 innings of work.