Former Paul Dunbar standout A.J. Ellis was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday in a catcher swap that sent Carlos Ruiz to the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 35-year-old Ellis has been in the Dodgers’ organization his entire career, but he was batting just .194 with one homer and 13 RBI as a backup to Yasmani Grandal this season.
The Dodgers also got cash while giving up Ellis, minor-league pitcher Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named.
During an MLB.com interview on Wednesday, Ellis spoke about life as a Dodger, including catching Clayton Kershaw’s 2014 no-hitter and his rapport with Dodgers broadcasting legend Vin Scully.
The 37-year-old Ruiz was hitting .261 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 48 games as a backup to Cameron Rupp. Ruiz has hit .340 (16-for-47) since the All-Star break.
Popular with Phillies fans who loved to call out his nickname “Chooch,” Ruiz will be reunited in Los Angeles with former Philadelphia star Chase Utley.
Ruiz was an All-Star in 2012 and is a .353 hitter in 11 World Series games.
Bergjans was 3-13 with a 4.98 ERA at Class A Rancho Cucamonga.