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Thursday afternoon the Phillies and Dodgers made a rare notable backup catcher for backup catcher trade. Carlos Ruiz was sent to Los Angeles for A.J. Ellis and two minor leaguers, and the deal made headlines, mostly because of Ellis’ relationship with Clayton Kershaw.

Ruiz, meanwhile, is leaving the only team he has ever known. He originally signed with the Phillies way back in 1998, and he’s been with them since making his debut as a 27-year-old in 2006. This is a big change for him too.

On Friday, Ruiz left his former Phillies teammates a note on the clubhouse whiteboard, saying goodbye and wishing them luck the rest of the season. Check it out:

That’s pretty sweet. Classy too. Sportswriters love that word.

For all the talk about Ellis and the Dodgers’ clubhouse, Ruiz was an extremely popular player with the Phillies. Trading him is not seen as that a big deal because they’re rebuilding though. Ruiz is going to missed in Philadelphia.


Source: CBS Sports Headlines / LOOK: Carlos Ruiz leaves farewell note in clubhouse for former Phillies teammates