Brian Bogusevic traded to Marlins, Ruggiano to the Cubs

Brian Bogusevic is going to Miami and Justin Ruggiano is heading to Chicago.

Bogusevic played right field for the Cubs for 47 games at the end of last year, hitting .273 with 6 HR, 16 RBI and 18 runs. He was drafted 24th overall in the 2005 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros as a starting pitcher. He remained a pitcher in the Houston Astros organization until mid-2008 before converting to an outfielder.

The Cubs in return will get Justin Ruggiano from the Miami Marlins. The Los Angeles Dodgers drafted Ruggiano in the 25th round of the 2004 MLB Draft. The Dodgers sent Ruggiano to the Tampa Bay Rays in 2006.You may have seen him in the 2008 Baseball World Cup as he was a member of the United States’ roster. In 2008 for the Rays, he batted .197 and later was released. He later would sign a minor league contract with the Houston Astros and in 2012 joined the Miami Marlins. He ended the first half of the season with 6 home runs, 17 RBIs, and a batting average of .390. He finished the season batting .313 with 13 homers, 36 RBIs, 23 doubles, a .374 on-base percentage and a .909 on-base plus slugging percentage.

In a word, he is a veteran right handed bat that can provided outfield assistance.

What we can expect from Ruggiano? Justin Ruggiano will be a 4th outfielder if he makes the Cubs 25 man roster. With Ryan Sweeney, Junior Lake and Nate Schierholtz covering the outfield there is not much room for Ruggiano. Unless he proves he can hit he will play the same role as Bogusevic. Basically, the Cubs switched a left handed bat for a right handed bat which the Cubs need in their lineup.

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What Moves the Cubs still need to make. Closing Pitchers. The Cubs need a true closer. Right now it is Pedro Strop who was acquired in the Scott Feldman trade with Baltimore. If he can show that he can get the job done he will be the closer however Theo Epstein may want to go out on the market and sign John Axford or Joel Hanrahan.

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