This deal makes sense in a number of ways. First, the Indians are in need of a catcher, and are said to have interest in the 37-year-old Ruiz. They’re currently without primary catcher Yan Gomes, who is on the disabled list. Prior to going on the D.L., Gomes was hitting .165 with eight home runs and 32 RBIs. Ruiz, for his part this season, is hitting .248 with three home runs and 11 RBIs. Ruiz may not be any sort of upgrade on the offensive side of the ball, but he’s still capable of providing a team with stellar defense. After all, this is the man who caught six no-hitters with the Phillies.
Bourjos would add a solid option to a thin Indians outfield, that currently consists of Rajai Davis, Collin Cowgill, and Tyler Naquin. Bourjos would slide in as an immediate fourth outfielder for the Tribe, and could even challenge for a starting spot. With the uncertainty surrounding the health of star outfielder Michael Brantley, the Indians could certainly use reinforcements in the outfield.
In Lugo, the Phillies add to their abundant pitching depth. Lugo, who MLBPipeline ranks as Tribe’s 25th-best prospect, stands a good chance of becoming a major-league starter, and projects as a middle-of-the-rotation guy. The 22-year-old’s fastball sits around 90 MPH, while mixing in a good curveball and a solid change-up/slider combo.