Chicago Cubs: Justin Ruggiano Trade Makes Sense as a Short-Term Piece

By Juan Pablo Aravena
Justin Ruggiano
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The Chicago Cubs and the Miami Marlins have completed a trade in which they swapped two of their outfielders.

Both organizations had been rumored to complete a trade before Logan Morrison was shipped to the Seattle Mariners, and they have finally struck out a deal that will send Brian Bogusevic to Miami with the Cubbies receiving Justin Ruggiano in return.

The 31-year-old OF will add some much needed experience to the Cubs lineup. While he might not be more than a stopgap until the prospects arrive, he will definitely add some things Chicago has been missing in recent years.

For once, Justin Ruggiano adds some power from the right side of the plate. He hit 18 homers with 50 RBI in 472 plate appearances and featured a .222/.298/.396 slash line last year with the Marlins. Even though he doesn’t have much plate discipline, he can hit for power and he could effectively platoon in the outfield. He also has some speed, stealing 15 bases last year.

While Bogusevic is a solid outfielder, he was nothing more than a fourth outfielder, at best, in the organization. Ryan Sweeney, Nate Schierholtz and Junior Lake were slated to start on Opening Day before the deal, and now with Ruggiano’s arrival the spot in LF might be up for grabs meaning that Lake could continue his development in the minors.

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