Chicago Cubs Acquire Justin Ruggiano From The Miami Marlins

The Chicago Cubs may not have had pulled off the trade that everyone was expecting (see the Jeff Samardzija rumors), but the team did pull off a trade in the hours before general managers and owners left the winter meetings.

Sep 24, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins center fielder Justin Ruggiano (20) runs back to the dugout after grounded out to first base in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

On Thursday morning, the Cubs and Miami Marlins swapped outfielders. In the trade, the Cubs sent outfielder Brian Bogusevic to the Marlins for outfielder Justin Ruggiano.

The 31-year old Ruggiano likely will see starting time in the outfield for the Cubs next season. Last season with the Marlins, Ruggiano hit .222/.298/.396 to go along with 18 home runs and 50 RBIs in 472 plate appearances. Also last season, Ruggiano had a wOBA of .307 to go along with a 92 wRC+ and a wRAA of -2.4 runs above average.  For his career, Ruggiano has a wOBA of .327 to go along with a 105 wRC+ and a wRAA of 8.8 runs above average.

Ruggiano has the makeup of a traditional power hitter. The outfielder has a career BB% of 7.9% to go along with K% of 25.6 and an ISO of .181. That being said, Ruggiano is also adequate on the base paths as the outfielder had 15 steals for the Marlins last season.

Ruggiano is an average defender in the outfield. For his career, Ruggiano has a UZR/150 of 3.8 to along with a DRS of 5 runs saved above average while having experience at all three outfield spots.

Ruggiano and Bogusevic are similar players. That being said, the main difference is that Ruggiano hits from the right side while the Bogusevic is a left-handed hitter. For his career against left handed pitchers, Ruggiano has an OPS .834 to go along with a wOBA of .360 in addition to a 127 wRC+ and a wRAA of 12.1 runs above average.That is likely why the Cubs decided to swap Bogusevic for Ruggiano.

Ruggiano is nice addition for the Cubs. The former Marlins outfielder certainly will not be a core player for the Cubs but could fill in nicely in a platoon situation in right field with Nate Schierholtz.

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