Cubs send Bogusevic to Marlins for Ruggiano
The Chicago Cubs obtained the right-handed outfield bat they
needed, acquiring Justin Ruggiano from the Miami Marlins for lefty
swinging Brian Bogusevic.
The deal was announced at baseball’s winter meetings
Ruggiano, who turns 32 in April, has played parts of five big
league seasons with Tampa Bay (2007-08, 2011) and Miami (2012-13).
He hit a career-high 18 homers in 472 at-bats for Miami last year.
He’s a .251 hitter for his career. In 317 games, he has 37 homers
and 109 RBIs.
The Cubs had left-handers Nate Schierholtz and Ryan Sweeney in
the outfield, making Bogusevic available for trades.
Bogusevic, who turns 30 in February, hit .273 with six homers
and 16 RBI in 47 games last year. In 299 games over four years –
the first three in Houston – Bogusevic has 17 homers and 62 RBIs
with a .273 average.
He could help fill the hole created by lefty Logan Morrison, who
was dealt to Seattle on Wednesday for reliever relief pitcher