Mariners Acquire OF Justin Ruggiano from Chicago Cubs
The Mariners have acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league relief pitcher Matt Brazis.
Ruggiano, 32, played 81 games with the Chicago Cubs last season, batting .281 (63×224) with 13 doubles, one triple, 6 home runs and 28 RBI. He missed extended time due to two trips to the disabled list, including season-ending left ankle surgery.
The Austin, Texas native has appeared in 398 Major League games over six seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays (2007-08, 2011), Miami Marlins (2012-13) and Cubs (2014). The right-handed hitter has clubbed 62 doubles, 3 triples and 43 home runs in his career. He has appeared in games at all three outfield positions: CF (166 G/148 GS), LF (118 G/71 GS), RF (76 G/56 GS).
Over the last three seasons he has combined for 54 doubles, 37 home runs and 114 RBI in 300 games. He hit a career-high 18 home runs in 2013 with the Marlins. In his career he has a .836 OPS vs. left-handed pitching (.266 batting average).
Ruggiano was originally selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 25th round of the 2004 June Draft out of Texas A&M University (also attended Blinn College). He made his MLB debut Sept. 19, 2007 with Tampa Bay.