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.