Mariners Acquire OF Justin Ruggiano from Chicago Cubs

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RHP Matt Brazis sent to Cubs in trade. RHP Logan Bawcom designated for assignment.

 

(ISN) – SEATTLE, Wash. – Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencikannounced today the club has acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano (roo-jee-AH-no) from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league relief pitcher Matt Brazis (BRAY-zis).

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).

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.

Brazis, 25, went 4-1 with 6 saves and a 2.36 ERA (19 ER, 72.1 IP) in 40 relief appearances with High Desert and Jackson last season. The right-hander limited opponents to a .208 average (54×260), while walking 18 and striking out 84. With Jackson he went 1-1 with 2 saves and a 1.64 ERA (6 ER, 33.0 IP) in 17 relief appearances. Brazis also pitched for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League going 1-0 with a 5.11 ERA (7 ER, 12.1 IP) in 10 relief appearances.

 

To make room on the Major League 40-man roster RHP Logan Bawcom has been designated for assignment (updated roster attached).

RUGGIANO’s PLAYING RECORD

 

Year Team AVG G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI SH SF HB BB SO SB CS SLG OBP
2004 Ogden .329 46 155 26 51 84 12 0 7 36 0 3 6 23 38 6 1 .542 .428
2005 Vero Beach .310 71 242 47 75 125 15 4 9 37 0 1 9 28 65 16 5 .517 .400
  Jacksonville .342 53 161 23 55 85 10 1 6 29 0 1 6 17 56 8 3 .528 .422
2006 Jacksonville .260 89 292 51 76 127 18 3 9 45 0 3 5 46 74 10 5 .435 .367
  Montgomery .333 31 108 25 36 68 14 3 4 27 1 0 2 19 29 4 4 .630 .442
2007 Durham .309 127 482 78 149 242 29 2 20 73 2 1 8 53 151 26 11 .502 .386
  TAMPA BAY .214 7 14 2 3 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 .214 .267
2008 Durham .315 66 257 49 81 138 18 3 11 51 0 5 5 22 77 20 3 .537 .374
  TAMPA BAY .197 45 76 9 15 25 4 0 2 7 0 0 1 4 27 2 0 .329 .247
2009 Durham .253 123 471 71 119 194 28 1 15 72 1 4 5 51 147 23 4 .412 .330
2010 Durham .287 117 457 77 131 207 31 0 15 70 0 0 8 42 129 24 6 .453 .357
2011 Durham .304 43 168 29 51 87 13 1 7 34 2 0 0 20 42 12 2 .518 .378
  TAMPA BAY .248 46 105 11 26 42 4 0 4 13 1 1 0 4 26 1 1 .400 .273
2012 Oklahoma City .325 39 117 21 38 68 13 1 5 29 0 2 0 18 24 5 3 .581 .409
  MIAMI .313 91 288 38 90 154 23 1 13 36 1 1 0 29 84 14 8 .535 .374
2013 MIAMI .222 128 424 49 94 168 18 1 18 50 1 0 5 41 114 15 8 .396 .298
2014 CHICAGO (NL) .281 81 224 29 63 96 13 1 6 28 1 4 3 18 70 2 4 .429 .337
  Iowa # .143 6 21 3 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 6 0 0 .190 .280
Minor Lg Totals .295 811 2931 500 865 1429 202 19 108 503 6 20 55 342 838 154 47 .488 .377
AL Totals .226 98 195 22 44 70 8 0 6 23 1 1 1 9 58  

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