When the news dropped on Thursday that A.J. Ellis had been traded for Carlos Ruiz, the internet exploded. Dodger fans were feeling every emotion out there, confused and hurt being at the forefront; however, now that the dust has settled, it’s time to really analyze the trade and think with our brains instead of our hearts.
A great place to start with this process is with Dave Roberts’ interview he did with MLB Network Radio on Friday. The interview was centered around his feelings about the trade and what he expects from Carlos Ruiz moving forward. Here are some of the highlights!
A.J. was a player that really got it… Every day he prepared and didn’t take it for granted.
He’s going to be missed, but a lot of what A.J. brought to the Dodgers is the same thing that Chooch, Carlos Ruiz, brought to the Phillies.
If you also have an opportunity, in your opinion to make yourself a little better then that’s what we’re going to do… We wouldn’t have done this if we didn’t feel that Chooch brings a lot of the same qualities that A.J. brought to our clubhouse.
Chooch is going to be our backup catcher… and if it lines up with a left handed pitcher… we’re going to get Chooch out there tonight and get his feet wet in a Dodgers uniform.
With Carlos Ruiz making his Dodgers debut on Friday against the Cubs, what should fans expect? Well, you should expect a consistent at-bat with a similar knowledge of the game that A.J. Ellis brought to the team. Oh yeah, he also has quite the gun for an arm!
Listen to the full interview here!
Losing A.J. is difficult, but let’s not blame Carlos Ruiz for that! Ruiz is an established veteran who has a lot to offer. Hopefully his world series experience and his talent can help lead the team in this crucial playoff race.