Reactions to Miami Marlins trading outfielder Justin Ruggiano

Brian Kersey

The Miami Marlins traded outfielder Justin Ruggiano to the Cubs on Thursday afternoon in exchange for outfielder Brian Bogusevic. Here are some reactions from around the league.

-Cubs send Bogusevic to Marlins for Ruggiano | www.palmbeachpost.com

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 Carter Capps.

-Marlins trade Justin Ruggiano to Cubs for Brian Bogusevic | HardballTalk

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.

-Marlins send Justin Ruggiano to Cubs for Brian Bogusevic - CBSSports.com

On Thursday, the Cubs send outfielder Brian Bogusevic to the Marlins in exchange for outfielder Justin Ruggiano. The Cubs announced the move on Twitter. Bogusevic, 29, is a career .236/.313/.370 hitter (86 OPS+) with 17 home runs in 773 career plate appearances in the majors. He's capable of manning all three outfield positions, though he's a bit of a stretch in center. As for Ruggiano, age 31, he owns a career slash line of .251/.315/.432 (102 OPS+), and he's also capable of manning center and the corners. This offseason, Ruggiano is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time.

-Brian Bogusevic to Marlins, Justin Ruggiano to Cubs in trade | marlins.com: News

The Marlins made a last-minute splash before exiting the Winter Meetings on Thursday morning. As the Rule 5 Draft was winding down, Miami announced it had traded Justin Ruggiano to the Cubs for Brian Bogusevic. Basically, it is an exchange of similar outfielders. Bogusevic, who is out of options but isn't arbitration-eligible, will have an inside edge to be a reserve outfielder. The 29-year-old, in many ways, is a left-handed-hitting version of Ruggiano. A former first-round pick in 2005, Bogusevic batted .273 with six homers and 16 RBIs for the Cubs in 47 games last year.

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