12/12 Cubs get Ruggiano
The Cubs Thursday swapped outfielders with the Marlins, sending Brian Bogusevic to Miami for right-handed hitting Justin Ruggiano.
The Cubs needed another right-handed hitting outfielder to platoon with Nate Schierholtz and Ryan Sweeney. Ruggiano, 31, has a .281 batting average over the last two seasons against left-handed pitching.
The newest Cub has spent all or part of five Major League seasons with Tampa Bay (2007-08, 2011) and Miami (2012-13), batting .251 with 49 doubles, 37 home runs and 109 RBIs in 317 games.
Bogusevic, who turns 30 in February, batted .273 with six home runs and 16 RBIs in 47 games with the Cubs last year. He signed a Minor League contract with the Cubs prior to the 2013 campaign.
– Carrie Muskat