From the Wire … Cubs Acquire OF Justin Ruggiano from Miami for OF Brian Bogusevic

According to multiple reports, the Cubs sent OF Brian Bogusevic to the Miami Marlins on Thursday morning for OF Justin Ruggiano.

Justin Ruggiano had a breakout season in 2012 in which he hit .313/.374/.535/.909 with 23 doubles, one triple and 13 home runs in 91 games. Ruggiano slipped in 2013 to a .222/.298/.396 line with 18 doubles, one triple and 18 home runs in 128 games.

With Thursday’s roster moves, the Cubs’ 40-man roster officially stands at 38 players.

Justin Ruggiano is arbitration eligible this year. The 31-year old right-handed hitting outfielder can play all three outfield spots.

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  • cubtex

    This is a classic career minor leaguer for another career minor leaguer. Cubs could use a RH hitting outfielder with some pop and the Marlins could use a LH hitting outfielder who can play all 3 positions. This is why Ruggiano was traded and let go. They had no place for him on the roster.

    DENVER —
    An agonizing 0-for-31 slump. Pushed to the bench by an unproven
    rookie. Daily trade rumors in which his name is mentioned. These aren’t
    the best of times for Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano.

    “It’s been unreal,” Ruggiano said. “I’m just dealing with something I’ve never had to deal with before.”

    Ruggiano is within two more hitless at-bats of equaling Mike Jacobs’ club record for futility. Jacobs had 33 consecutive hitless at-bats.

    But who knows when Ruggiano will bat again for the Marlins? The Marlins promoted rookie outfielders Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick, which will limit his playing time going forward.

    And there’s a good chance the Marlins will trade him before the July 31 nonwaiver trading deadline.

    Incredibly,
    despite his drought and a .202 batting average, Ruggiano continues to
    lead the Marlins in home runs (12) and RBI (32). He also has a dozen
    stolen bases, second only to Juan Pierre’s 18.

    Ruggiano said neither manager Mike Redmond nor anyone one else has spoken to him about his immediate prospects.

    “He doesn’t have to talk to me about it,” Ruggiano said. “The writing’s on the wall

    • Tony_Hall

      We should just cut this guy.

      2012 numbers look very good though.

      2013 HR every 16 AB against LH’s – that’s a fit

      2013 HR every 16 AB on the road – that’s good.

      Maybe we should keep him for awhile, then cut him because once you failed in baseball, you will never be good again.

      • cubtex

        What? Did you read what I said. One AAAA player for another. That is what this trade is. What are you thinking? Do you think this guy will be a regular in the big leagues?

        • Tony_Hall

          Sigh

          RH Platoon OF w/power

          RH Platoon OF w/power

          Let me say it again.

          RH Platoon OF w/power

          • cubtex

            he is a AAAA player just like Bogie.

          • Tony_Hall

            Yes he is and sometimes 4A guys become useful or have value.

            Cost nothing, c’mon you don’t have to knock every move, or do you?

          • cubtex

            I am just calling it what it is. Ruggiano is a better fit on the Cubs than Bogie is for 2014. Am I knocking it? No. I am just calling it what it is. One 4A player for another. Any way you look at it….that is all it is.

          • Tony_Hall

            Yes it is, where have I said that he will be anything more. He fits a need better than Bogusevic.

          • cubtex

            exactly. we agree on that but he adds nothing long term.

          • Tony_Hall

            Sorry, you can’t say that now. He has no long term value today, but you don’t know what next year brings. Chance of him having value is 10% at best, but if a team needs a RH OF Power bat next summer (not that far fetched) and he is having a good season against LH’s, then he will have value.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            That’s a good point, maybe he finally has figured it out. It happens.

            Shoot, he would have hit 3 hole for us last year…

          • 07GreyDigger

            You are the definition of a boo bird. Boooo.

          • cubtex

            how is that a definition of a boo bird? They are comparable players. One is better against LHP and one is better against RHP. Both platoon AAAA players. I am sorry that is what they are. I want to get better players.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Nelson Cruz was a AAAA player for a long time

  • 07GreyDigger

    This isn’t a huge move. But its a good one. Because it cost nothing. You gave up nothing to get some power potential. You might call it quality roster management.

  • Eugene Debs

    Just a little closer to popping the corks…..

    • Tony_Hall

      I know you are being sarcastic, but you are exactly right. The goal is to keep getting the team a little closer with every move.

      • cubtex

        and how does this do that? Look. They need a RH hitting compliment outfielder. He is a better fit for the Cubs than Bogie. It is an extremely minor move that will not help the team get close to popping the corks

        • Tony_Hall

          Neither would Feldman.

          You can’t say today, that he will have a bad season in 2014 (100% for sure) and they won’t get something for him at some point.

          The question should be, did it improve the team in 2014 and for the long term.

          2014 – Yes, fills a need and used an excess inventory of LH OF’s.

          Long term – TBD

          • cubtex

            Cmon Tony (how many times have I said that today?) lol. Short term help for 2014.
            Long term- Squat!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The Phillies signed Roberto Hernandez this morning … the pitcher formally known as Fausto Carmona

    • Tony_Hall

      That seems extremely fitting for them.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Poor Brian….shipped off to a Third World Nation.

  • Tom U

    Neil will probably have a full report on this later, but the Cubs lost four players in today’s Rule 5 draft:

    Major League phase: RHP Marcos Mateo to Arizona

    Triple-A phase:
    1B Justin Bour to Miami
    OF Julio Borbon to Baltimore
    RHP AJ Morris to Pittsburgh

    The Cubs acquired C Charles Cutler from Pittsburgh in the Triple-A phase.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Not Julio!…….I will miss his 202 BA.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Justin Bour…..is that the guy that made those spy thriller movies?…….
      oh wait……..that was Matt Damon……never mind.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Wasn’t Bour a decent prospect?

  • CubbyDenCritic

    So Cubs only lost one player in the Rule 5 Draft to Arizona………..we will get him back……….Matt Garza needs a roster spot.

    • Tony_Hall

      Mateo has a very good shot at staying in Arizona. He is pitching very well this winter and looks to be fully recovered from his injuries.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        I don’t think so…….Arizona will have Garza…Tanaka…..Samardzija and Price on their Roster according to their GM.

        • Tony_Hall

          They are in on all of them, but not going to get all of them.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            As long we get Bradley, Owings & Shipley from the D-Backs in July, they can have them all.

          • cubtex

            Bradley is not going anywhere so can you stop with that pipe dream

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            (up arrow) This

          • CubbyDenCritic

            So that future date with Cubs ball girl Marla Collins should also be ruled out?

          • cubtex

            hahaha. How old is Marla Collins now? She has to be in her late 50’s wouldn’t you say?

          • CubbyDenCritic

            I don’t care…..she still looks damn good to my eyes.

          • Ripsnorter1

            You need glasses.

  • cubtex

    The best thing I can say about Ruggiano is that he is from Austin,Tx. Anderson High School. Soooooo, he has that going for him.

    • Tony_Hall

      If only you knew that earlier, you would have been saying how great this guy will be for the Cubs :)

      Perspective is everything.

  • Tony_Hall

    Hoyer: “Junior Lake’s going to get a ton of playing time. We have opportunity. (He) needs to be out there getting at-bats and developing.”

    from Patrick Mooney

    • cubtex

      and he should. I wish we could say the same with a young guy at 2B instead of Barney.

      • Tony_Hall

        Soon enough. Do you really think they should make the decision to bring up Baez or Alcantara to start the year, right now?

        • CubbyDenCritic

          Valbuena at second…..

          • cubtex

            god no!

          • Eugene Debs

            I’d rather see Valbuena over Barney. Barney is embarrassing.

        • cubtex

          Play Watkins there if you are not going to make any upgrades

          • Tom U

            This move may bode well for Watkins, who is also a very good outfielder.

          • Tony_Hall

            I think it gives him a really good shot to make the 25 man roster out of ST.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            Cubs need to start drafting second baseman that are not weak Punch & Judy type of hitters…………more like Joe Morgan type of players.
            Theriot, Barney, Watkins…..all the same profile.

          • Tony_Hall

            You don’t draft 2B. They are SS until they move off of SS and go to 2B.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            By July, either Castro or Baez will be playing second…….so it won’t matter.

          • Tony_Hall

            Or Alcantara.

          • J Daniel

            I would agree on Alcantara. I would say Baez might be at 3rd with Bryant in the outfield. A lot flat out depends on how these young guys are doing and when the bring up. Time is close on Alcantara, Baez, Bryant, and Olt for sure. They want Olt to succeed but we will see. It certainly would be good if he does and would create more a a jam but a good problem especially with all that has gone on the last several years.

          • Tom U

            Watkins has decent power, and is capable of hitting around 10 HR’s a season.

          • Tony_Hall

            I can see Watkins being given a shot at making the team in ST and if he does, believe he will be given starts against RH’s more and more.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Junior….Junior….Junior…..

  • CubbyDenCritic

    May I make a suggestion…………what would it take to get Gordon Beckham from the White Sox to play second for the Cubs?

    • Tony_Hall

      Why would we want to do that for nothing?

      • CubbyDenCritic

        I heard Sox want to dump Beckham…..the guy does hit well at Wrigley.

        • 07GreyDigger

          Against Cubs pitching… Remember Jeff Blauser anyone? He hit well at Wrigley. But he stunk to high heaven when we had him.

          • J Daniel

            And wasn’t/isn’t that typical? Man I was pissed.

          • Eugene Debs

            Jeff Blauser is an all-time “Cubs move.”

    • cubtex

      I would rather look at getting Nick Franklin.

  • cubtex

    From the Miami Herald. Ruggiano will be our new Scott Hairston.

    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.

    • Tony_Hall

      I see the OF like this (right now)

      RH – Lake Sweeney Schierholtz
      LH – Vitters Lake Ruggiano

      I threw in Vitters as I don’t know if Sweeney or Schierholtz would be playing everyday and he fit the need of another RH OF and is already on the 40 man roster.

      • cubtex

        I hope Vitters gets a shot. He is a slow starter so that usually hurts him with getting consistent playing time

        • Tony_Hall

          Actually, right now, the 13 position players could work out like this.

          C Castillo/Kottaras
          1B Rizzo
          2B Barney/Watkins
          SS Castro
          3B Olt/Valbuena
          OF Vitters/Sweeney
          OF Lake
          OF Ruggiano/Schierholtz

          • paulcatanese

            Wow, be still my heart :)

          • J Daniel

            Scary line up, isn’t it?

          • Tony_Hall

            Alcantara, Baez and Bryant could all be up this coming year. Making assumptions here but we could look like this by the end of the year.

            1 Castro SS
            2 Alcantara 2B
            3 Bryant RF
            4 Baez LF
            5 Rizzo 1B
            6 Olt 3B
            7 Lake CF
            8 Castillo C

            C Lopez
            IF Barney
            IF Watkins
            OF Sweeney
            OF Vitters

            Of course this exact list will never happen and the lineup is full of young guys and put in positions guaranteed to fail, and no way Sweeney is still around, etc, etc. That should cover most of the disclaimers needed.

          • cubtex

            I want you to write a proper disclaimer :)

          • Tony_Hall

            I tried to cover all the things that guys like you like to throw out there and get that it is just a snapshot of what could happen based on who is most likely to be called up.

            Let’s face it, that team would be more fun to watch this year, but some of the guys need to a little more time.

          • cubtex

            “guys like you.” Thank you Archie Bunker

          • cubtex

            you know what I hope happens…..I would love for the Cubs to sign Choo to this big contract and then “guys like you” and Digger and others will change your tune and say what a good move it was :)

          • Tony_Hall

            I wouldn’t be against Choo. He bring a high OBP and veteran leadership.

            No way do I want 7 years $120-$140M for a player like Choo, though.

          • cubtex

            I will love it just to see people who were knocking him before on here come out and say what a good sign it was :)

          • Tony_Hall

            It would be a good signing, short term, but it will come at a long term financial commitment. which is what most don’t want. You can like the player and not like what it takes to get that player.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            I never like a deal for a 30+ player for that many years. But I can’t lie, if they did sign him it would create some excitement for me.

          • Ripsnorter1

            If der Fuhrer makes the move, it will be praised.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            This type of comment is not welcome on this site. I have asked you in the past to stop with the nicknames. This one is very offensive to me. I will not ask again.

            Thank you.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Actually seeing it on paper doesn’t seem quite as bad. Especially if Olt has a comeback year which I think is entirely possible. Concussion symptoms are no joke. If he is 100% healthy look for him to have solid season.

            If Castro can get 200 hits, Rizzo repeats his power numbers while increasing his OBP, Lake progresses, Schierholtz is more used to playing a full season and is a bit more consistent, Castillo progresses and Sweeney plays like he did last year there is no reason that team couldn’t finish .500. Not saying we will and all those things happening are a long shot but if they did we will be competitive in most games.

    • cubtex

      And Bogie hit .291 vs RHP with a .841 OPS last year. Too bad you can’t merge these 2 into 1 player and you could have a starting outfielder :)

      • Tony_Hall

        About time you understand the concept of platoons :)

        • cubtex

          I understand but a team should only carry 5 outfielders.

          • Tony_Hall

            1. Sweeney
            2. Schierholtz
            3. Lake
            4. Ruggiano
            5. Vitters

            Who else?

          • CubbyDenCritic

            Bjax making the club will be good news.

  • Tony_Hall

    Justin Ruggiano ‏@justinruggiano21m
    @Cubs Let’s do this! Excited about my new city, and most of all the fans! I’ve always loved this city and feel blessed to call it home!

    • paulcatanese

      I think they all say that when coming to the Cubs. It’s the last stop before oblivion.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Good for him. Welcome to the family…

      • J Daniel

        They all do say that regardless of the city!

      • paulcatanese

        I’m improving, two down arrows on this one:)

      • SuzyS

        I’ve been to oblivion before…kinda liked it!!!
        Unfortunately, I had to return from vacation.:-)

  • Rational Logic

    Awesome name. For this deal, it’s all that matters. I really hope he is awesome and I can hear a “Rugg-i-ano” chant. We win the deal if that happens.

  • jtrain23

    I like this trade. Although he seems to struggle with extended exposure, Ruggiano appears to have some pop in his bat. This is something we sorely need on the roster and something Bogusevic would never provide.