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)

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)

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.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the team had not yet announced the deal. The contract includes a $5 million club option for 2013 with a $500,000 buyout.

Ruiz batted .255 with 43 RBIs and a career-high nine homers last season. He has a .303 postseason average after starting every Phillies playoff game the last two years for a team that reached the World Series twice, winning in 2008.

Ruiz was the last Philadelphia player in arbitration. His deal was first reported by MLB.com.

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