Shortly after the San Francisco Giants pulled off the best value signing of the MLB Winter Meetings, the Chicago Cubs could have just pulled off the best value trade of the meetings. They swapped their Brian Bogusevic with the Miami Marlins’ Justin Ruggiano. This is a good deal for the Cubs and could potentially be a great deal for them if Ruggiano bounces back in the batting average category.
Bogusevic is a good young player that probably matches the Marlins new and upcoming hitting approach but this is still a steal for the Cubs. Ruggiano had a breakout season in 2012 with a huge batting average coupled with his speed showing up on the bases and 13 home runs. While his average was down just over .200 for the 2013 season, his home runs went up to 18 in a very large pitchers park in Miami.
The switch from Marlins Park to Wrigley Field could be all Ruggiano needs for another re-breakout season. Worst case scenario this is a good swap for both teams but best case it could be a huge plus deal for the Cubs as they continue to slowly try and build a winner in Chicago. Look for Ruggiano to be stoked to play in Wrigley and probably show up big for the first couple of months at the very least.