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Cubs avoid arbitration with Justin Ruggiano at $2 million

Jan 29, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

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As first reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Cubs have avoided salary arbitration with outfielder Justin Ruggiano by reaching a one-year, $2 million contract for 2014. Ruggiano asked for $2.45 million and was offered $1.6 million when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month.

The Cubs acquired Ruggiano from the Marlins in early December for Brian Bogusevic and will use him as an active fourth outfielder this season.

Ruggiano, 31, batted .222/.298/.396 with 18 home runs and 15 stolen bases in 128 games last year for Miami. He hit .313/.374/.535 with 13 homers and 14 steals in 80 games for the Fish in 2012.

  1. chiadam - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    That’s a relief. I thought they might run out of crappy .220 hitters.

    • Old Gator - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      Don’t worry. Given the Feeshes signing limits and preferences for cheap mediocrities, there will always be more where he came from.

  2. dan1111 - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Poor Ruggiano; what did he ever do to Drew to deserve that picture?

    • Old Gator - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. The uniform is a dead giveaway about that.

      • Old Gator - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        PS – and anyway, what’s wrong with trying to imitate Willie Mays?

      • dan1111 - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        I was only questioning the editorial picture selection, not his play. Anyway, we all know he was about to catch the ball, and Andre Dawson reached out and grabbed him at the last minute as a practical joke.

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