LOS ANGELES — The NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Carlos Ruiz from Philadelphia in a trade of backup catchers Thursday, getting a popular player with a world of postseason experience.

The Phillies also sent $1 million to the Dodgers for A.J. Ellis, minor league pitcher Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named or cash.

Ruiz, 37, was hitting .261 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 48 games, playing behind Cameron Rupp. Ruiz has done well lately, batting .340 (16 for 47) since the All-Star break.

Ruiz was an All-Star in 2012 and Phillies fans loved to call out his nickname – “Chooch” – when he delivered big hits. He got many of them for Philadelphia, batting .353 with two homers and five RBI in 11 World Series games.

Overall, Ruiz played 46 games in the postseason with the Phillies, and helped them win five NL East titles.

DODGER STADIUM will host the championship game of the 2017 World Baseball Classic, with Marlins Park and Petco Park also holding games leading up to the final on March 22.

Brazil, Britain, Israel and Pakistan will play qualifiers Sept. 22-25 at the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league team.

NATIONALS-ATHLETICS: Washington acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski from Oakland for minor league infielder Max Schrock.

The A’s also sent cash to Washington.

MARINERS: Seattle activated left-hander James Paxton following a stint on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised elbow.

The Mariners opened a roster position for Paxton by designating left-hander Wade LeBlanc for assignment.

RANGERS: Carlos Gomez, a former All-Star outfielder, joined Texas five days after signing a minor league deal with the AL West leader.

Outfielder Drew Stubbs was designated for assignment to make room on the roster.