Justin Ruggiano: Potential Miami Marlins Trade Chip

By Gabe Isaacson
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

There have been few bright spots for the Miami Marlins. After their offseason fire sale that saw them dump Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and others, their remaining superstar, Giancarlo Stanton, suffered an injury that will keep him sidelined for about six weeks.

Though rookie Jose Fernandez and veteran Kevin Slowey have been bright spots in their rotation, their lineup has been beyond abysmal. They have under 100 runs in 34 games thus far, and there is little room for optimism. Their only positive performer has been OF Justin Ruggiano.

Ruggiano’s peripherals have all been very close to his career averages. Simply given everyday playing time, it seems that Ruggiano has progressed to the tune of six home runs and five steals in 31 games. Ruggiano has battled a low BABIP en route to a .233 batting average this season. His wOBA and wRC+, however, has both been very reasonable, which help to account for Ruggiano’s spacious home ballpark.

Ruggiano is a on a one-year contract that will pay him a little under $500,000. He would certainly be a desirable trade chip this July, especially considering his slightly above-average defense at all three outfield positions. His bat and versatility in the field could net the Marlins a reasonable prospect this July.

After calling up prospect Marcell Ozuna, the Marlins have shown that they are not worried about service time, so trading Ruggiano could open up a spot for the Marlins to play a piece for the future instead.

Gabe Isaacson is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter: @gabeisaacson.


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