The Seattle Mariners have acquired catcher Carlos Ruiz from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno.
The clubs announced the trade Monday at the start of the general manager meetings. The Mariners have exercised the option on Ruiz for the 2017 season worth $4.5 million.
The acquisition of Ruiz fills an immediate need for Seattle after the Mariners declined the option on Chris Iannetta for 2017. Ruiz, who will turn 38 before the start of next season, hit .264 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 62 games last season with the Phillies and Dodgers. Ruiz was traded from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in August.
Nuno appeared in a career-high 55 games last season for Seattle and was 1-1 with a 3.53 ERA. Nuno has been used as a starter and reliever in Seattle.