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.
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.
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.
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.
Marlins able to add bats, maintain pitching depth http://t.co/IAODnLoYsN— FOX Sports Florida (@SunSportsFOXFL) December 12, 2013
Miami Marlins (@Marlins) December 12, 2013
Bye #Justin Ruggiano. Fish finished in last, needed changes and are making them. R they more active in trades/signs than u expected?— Craig Minervini (@CraigMinervini) December 12, 2013
Marlins announce they acquired OF Brian Bogusevic from the Cubs for OF Justin Ruggiano. Bogusevic hit .273, 6 HR, 16 RBI in 47 games in 2013— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) December 12, 2013
Marlins acquire of brian bogusevic from cubs for ruggiano— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) December 12, 2013