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Marlins trade Justin Ruggiano to Cubs for Brian Bogusevic

Dec 12, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

Justin Ruggiano AP

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have traded outfielder Justin Ruggiano to the Cubs for outfielder Brian Bogusevic.

Ruggiano was pushed into extended action for the Marlins this year and struggled, hitting just .222 with a .694 OPS in 128 games, but if limited to a part-time role he’s capable of knocking around left-handed pitching. For his career Ruggiano has an .834 OPS versus lefties compared to a .700 OPS versus righties, so in Chicago a platoon with left-handed bats Nate Schierholtz or Ryan Sweeney makes sense.

Bogusevic is a former first-round pick, but that was all the way back in 2005 and he was drafted as a pitcher. Now he’s a 29-year-old outfielder and career .236 hitter with a .682 OPS in the majors. He did put up some big numbers at Triple-A this year, but the previous three seasons there were underwhelming.

  1. spudchukar - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Pretty much a lateral move. I get the platoon numbers, and for that reason I guess it makes sense, but much like Bogusevic’s prior 3 seasons in AAA, this is underwhelming.

  2. jcmeyer10 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Salary savings: $1
    Smile on Scrooge’s face for saving a buck: Priceless

    • Old Gator - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      Footage savings to left center field fence: 31. Smile on Ruggiano’s face when he thinks about all those warning track flyouts: priceless.

  3. karlkolchak - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    The Marlins seem to be doing an awful lot of “rosterbation” this offf season. Which is appropriate when the owner is a wanker.

  4. aphillieated - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Good trade for the Marlins.

  5. Old Gator - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Sounds more like an exchange of prisoners between two feuding third-world armpits in the Andes.

    • Old Gator - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      Which, now that the pride of Columbian agriculture has begun to circulate through my brain (honly when thee leefs have grown ripe weeth the sun, Juan Mezquitez weel peek them and take them to market een the valley…) it occurs to me just how much like a third world banana republic the Feesh have become. Oligarchical ruler, fumbling underlings, vast gulf between the earnings of the rulers and the slave-driven peasant laborers (comparatively speaking), rife with rumors, plots and sub-plots – kinda a toss between Cien años de soledad, Sorceror (“I don’ theenk you are Leo Nuñez the peetcher. I theenk you are a feelthy greengo ass holl”) and Nostromo.

      There used to be some pretty nifty minor league teams down here, though.

      • stex52 - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        Back on the baseball topic, Gator, don’t expect great things. Astros drafted Bugosevic #1 out of Tulane as an ace LHP. Four years later he is still trying to figure out how to get guys out. So he does an Ankiel. Except for an 80-game stretch in 2011, he has done very little at MLB. Good speed, great arm, poor OBP, lousy power.

        He’s a good athlete, but a typical AAAA player. Sorry about that.

      • Old Gator - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        One thing we have in common with respect to both of our teams, Tex, is that neither of us expect great things. Such is life in the basement.

  6. ejheim62 - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    with all these moves, why aren’t the Marlins on the phone with the A’s? Doesn’t matter if there’s a match, mind you, but dang…just think of the potential of it all. Trader Billy and the Sell-offs on a phone call discussing trades…that’s gotta be gold right there.

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