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Marlins, Cubs swap 4th outfielders, Ruggiano for Bogusevic

LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Before closing up shop at the Winter Meetings, the Marlins on Thursday traded Justin Ruggiano to the Chicago Cubs for a near-mirror image of the outfielder, Brian Bogusevic.

"Really, Bogusevic is a younger version of Ruggiano," said Michael Hill, the Marlins' president of baseball operations. "He can play all three outfield positions and will fill the role that we had identified for Ruggiano."

Which was as an extra outfielder to play behind the projected starting trio of Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna.

The two primary differences between Ruggiano and Bogusevic, Hill said, is that Bogusevic hits from the left side and doesn't cost as much. Ruggiano projected to make in the neighborhood of $1.8 million in his first year of salary arbitration while Bogusevic isn't eligible for arbitration until after next season. Hill acknowledged that money was a factor in the deal.

"Given the fact that we were going to go with the kids in the outfield as the everyday players, we didn't want to allocate the dollars that we had in that role in Ruggiano," Hill said. "We wanted to spend it elsewhere."

Bogusevic is also a "different type of player" in that he he is "more of a contact, more of a gap hitter," than Ruggiano, Hill said. "We wanted to get a more functional bat."

Bogusevic was originally drafted as a pitcher in the first round of the 2005 draft by the Houston Astros but eventually converted to the outfield.

"Defensively he's a solid, average outfielder -- if not the same as Ruggiano, maybe a tick better," Hill said.

Bogusevic owns a career average of .236 with 17 home runs in parts of four seasons with the Cubs and Astros. He stole 15 bases for the Astros in 2012 when he received considerable playing time. With the Cubs last season, Bogusevic hit .273 with six home runs in 155 at bats.

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A Realist

Whatever....we'll see how they pan out on the field. Maybe he can pitch on his off days.

Marlin Fan

Good for the Cubs. Ruggiano might hit 30 hrs playing in Wrigley . He'll definately be a 20/20 guy. HEY HILL , so where are the marlins going to spend the money " saved" trading Ruggiano ????

steven gonzalez

!! WHAT FOR WHO !! like i said thing's are just going to go down hill from here good luck to all the i feel so sorry for all you marlins fans and im one of them

Stan M

Jones at 1B hits less than .200 against lefthanders. Ruggiano would have been an ideal compliment to him against tough lefties. This new non entity hits lefty as does Jones so there is no chance of a platoon. But they saved a few bread crumbs which I'm sure Loria will...you know what he will do with that saved money; we all do. Thank goodness Beinfest is gone. Now we're seeing terrific baseball moves; one right after the other. It was all Bush's, I mean Beinfest's fault.

Stan M

First it was Delmon Young. Now it's Ricky Weeks! Now there's a savior! Batting averages last two years are .230 and .209 and in a hitters park. And in 2012, when he played regularly, he had 169 Ks. If it weren't tragic, it would be funny. No, no, no, you idiots!

Pablo

Fran Wren in Atlanta must be shaking in his boots looking over his shoulder watching the Marlins make all these moves and closing the gap.

It's smart that Marlins Park is not booked in October because after this trade, the team is a lock for the playoffs.

Ruggiano and his near 20/20 season for who?

Both the Morrison and Ruggiano moves were terrible. I can see both having amazing years with their new teams. We also lost Qualls and Webb, who I thought were great out of the bullpen.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

This trade epitomizes why Loria really is a carpetbagger robber baron. The ONLY reason they made this trade was to NOT SPEND the money for a guy who is a CLEAR asset. This is a downgrade. There is absolutely NO question that their W-L record stands a better chance with Ruggiano on the roster as a 4th OFer. The importance of a 4th OFer? Well, who here thinks that Yelich, Stanton, and Ozuna are all going to play in 150+ games? Or that none of the three are going to have SOME down time due to injury? Or that none of them will have a prolonged slump sometime during the season? Whatever number of victories they may have added by SLIGHTLY upgrading the offense, they just gave some back with this miserly transaction. LORIA IS AN ABSOLUTE DISGRACE.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Clark, seriously, you have to know that Hill is just a lackey, so why would you echo their party line by calling this guy a "near-mirror image" of Ruggiano??? Bogusevic (hereinafter referred to as "Bogus")is not even half the player Ruggiano is, which is the reason he spent the majority of last season in Triple A, where he belongs. This means that he is not even good enough to make the roster of the team with the SECOND-MOST LOSSES in the National League (we don't have to guess who was first).

Flav C.

DT,

Comparing Ruggiano to Bogusevic (or vice-versa) is kind of funny.

Ruggiano spent 9 seasons in the minors. Only made the majors because an AAAA team had an open spot.

juanv

economics they have to free up money for third base or a right handed bat. the marlins didn't hit the jackpot or sold out on season tickets it' a move that frees up money it's part of baseball now. all teams do it. they got a fourth outfielder for the league minimum for two years. they are not done wait till spring to complain. stan you have had patience for a long time take it easy and see what happens. they did pick up a 1st baseman with pop in the triple a portion of the draft and a third baseman ,outfielder and another pitcher so overall they did add depth to the minors

Mr. Reality

This team lost 100 games last year with over-rated bums Lomo and Ruggiano, who both had big contributions to those 100 losses. Lomo has mostly stunk for all last place years he was here. Good riddance to both of those hacks. What do you morons think they were worth on the open market,anyway? Not much, which all the teams in MLB know, except for you blind idiot homers in Marlins Blog land.Have some cheese with your whine.

Stan M

Hail fellow posters...we finally have a superior mind on board who can lead us away from our moronity. Ignore the fact that the post lacked specifics for are not blatant generalities a sure sign of superior thinking? We must wait for further instructions and then we will surely know the way to wisdom...I think!

Stan M

Flav, both outfielders are somewhat close in skill level. Ruggiano probably has more power, is a better fielder, and hits right handed which was a plus on this team. But the major difference between the two is about $750,000 or so in salary and that is you know whose bottom line. As I've said in the past, it's the little trades that are killers and always involve something called money.
DT, aren't you forgetting that Loria will bring back Coghlan if the guy will sign for next to nothing. For his sake, I hope the guy gets a fair shake somewhere else. On a more serious note, Ozuna hasn't proven himself by any means and I completely agree with your point about potential games played. Stanton has missed considerable time in each of the last two years. This FO, with the exception of the Salty signing, is looking more amateurish with each subsequent move. Ouch!

granny

That's your problem gramps, you think in your old age you've seen it all and know it all. If you're so damn smart ,go get your own team. Otherwise,quit your bitchin Pops, you sound like a cranky ol' coot.

Lou

I'm trying to determine how bad both teams must be to consider these guys "4th" outfielders? By whose standard?

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Ignore the acne-laced pre-adolescents. The more you respond to them, the likelier they are to stick around.

Marlin Fan

Flav , who cares who long Ruggiano spent in the minors . He's produced the last two years which is more we can say for Busevic. ... Good ole Marlins , trade away anyone close to Arbitraion for garbage ( oh I mean prospects ) and sign second level free agents for no long term contracts , always keeping in mind to do it cheaply as possible .

mutual respect needed here

this "granny" hack needs to back to the circus he came from

Marcos Rodriguez

The Marlins made a couple of moves which were positive...and then they pull this one....You trade away perhaps your second best power hitter and get another slap hitter? Really? I can't wait to see who you will get for Stanton when the time comes....Oh, wait...I know...you are going to bring back Mario Mendoza! What a shame!

Stan M

The headines said it all. Notice they say, "Cubs acquire Marlins Ruggiano". They do not say "Marlins acquire Cubs Bogus guy"

I think Yankees did right thing in letting that self centered jerk leave for the bigger bucks. Now he says they "disrespected" him. I don't even know if the word exists, but isn't that just too damn bad. You've got to give them millions, put up with occasional lazy play on his part, and then respect them, too. I say, let the Mariners respect him. We'll see how that works out in about 3-4 years. There are many things to love about this grand old game, but some of these modern attitudes are sickening...in my opinion.

smith&wessonoil

Stan...Ditto.

Flav C.

Stan,

The more I see players like the one you mentioned above, the more it makes me appreciate other players like Roy Halladay, who was simply one of the most dominant pitchers of the last 10 years, and still, always kept things in perspective, low key, low profile and focused on his family and the game.

Even his retirement announcement came and went almost unnoticed.

not senile

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA they got rid of another 100 game loser in Ruggiano ...222BA .222 w/RISP...K'd 30% of the time...18HR's..big effin deal...not worth the extra $$$.. See ya

Lou

Stan, I'm sorry. I also am not seeing the interest in Ruggiano. I forget the length of that hitless streak last year but it almost defied credulity. I would much prefer a contact hitter in that park for 81 games than a non-contact hitter(with power) who was often neutralized by the dimensions and also seemed to hit most of his homers in situations where it really didn't matter.

Stan M

Lou, I completely agree about a contact hitter over Ruggiano. Just not the one we got because he was so cheap. Please remember that Ruggiano could steal a base and more than any other Marlin, did it at opportune times. Also he was a good, if not great outfielder. And as I said above, he could have been our platoon guy at 1B because this new guy can't and has never hit lefties. It is a pipe dream for the Marlins to think more ABs will make him improve in that department. We now desperately need a RH platoon guy for 1B. The team is talking about Delmon Young. Now, Lou, who would you rather have on our team...Ruggiano or that nincompoop who everyone and his uncle has gotten rid of in one way or another. It was a bad trade made solely for money, and the money is so little in the current baseball environment that it scares the heck out of me when considering what this FO will do next. Now if they sign Eric Chavez for 3B I'll shut right up.

Flav C.

Stan,

Please, give some factual rationale on why the Marlins should have kept a guy who in 2013:

1 - Hit .224 as a starter, and .194 coming off of the bench.
2 - Hit 14 of his 18 HRs with nobody on base.
3 - Hit .245 against lefties (I will not include his bat avg against righties or you will cry).
4 - Hit the DL a few times with severe back problems.
5 - rarely added a go-ahead or game-winning hit.
6 - Will be 32 yrs old when the season starts, and by default, will see his numbers get even worse.


granny

cant...think...of..any...that....make...sense

clarkie

Whoopee !!! Ruggi stole 29 bases for the Marlins the last 2 seasons.When it was over and nobody was looking. They LOST 193 games last 2 seasons. Ruggi has NEVER played 1B at the PRO level. New guy is rated better defensively. Talk about pipe dreams. Must be on the pipe. Or the sauce.

Lou

Flav, Thanks for the numbers. I intuitively knew them from observation but was not astute enough to pull them up. I bet if you check those homers that about 2 tied a game, pulled the Fish within one or put them ahead. Ruggiano is reverting to his norm. The new guy is not Gardner but I would rather have his limited potential over no potential. Justin is a "5th" outfielder on a good team.
Stan, I would rather have anyone over Delmon Young.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

From my point of view, the swapping of Ruggiano for Bogus is a minor and relatively meaningless move, all else being equal. But as it happens, at least as far as I'm concerned, nothing that Loria equates to ANYTHING being equal. It's the old "fool me once, shame on you - fool me twice shame on me." Signing Salty does not undo Loria's massive con job on the Miami community, that he wants very much for us to forget ("turn the page," as he put it) and the fact that he trades Ruggiano STRICTLY for money and has his lackey giver us disingenuous reasons for making the trade, it just shows that nothing has changed. Loria is the same liar he's always been.

Stan M

Flav, I'm by no means a Ruggiano fan and you make excellent points. However, when comparing him to the non entity we got in exchange, I'd still take him. Let's remember Gorkys and some of the other duds that preceded him. Replacing him wasn't a bad idea. It was, in my opinion, replacing him with this guy which was a bad idea. And someone above said that this new fellow is the better fielder. I have read the opposite and will not fault his ability in the field as a 4th outfielder. And Flav, that .248 BA against lefties is about 50 points higher than this new guy. You tell me who we can now platoon with Jones...and you know we must. Please don't say Delmon Young.

Mr. Reality

Hey Mr. Knowitall...of course you know that Lucas played 25 games at 1B last season,started 19,after it was painfully obvious Lomo couldnt hit lefties. That was after the start of June. Lucas hit .310 with an OPS of .736 and committed ZERO errors playing 1st. P.S...he's ON the roster.Thats one solution. But keep babbling on about the Youngs and Weeks rumors. Guys that arent here. Or coming. Makes you look like you know what you're talking about. yeah right.

Stan M

Was glad to see Uribe come off the table. My first hope is still Eric Chavez. But is not he, I'd like to see the team sign McGehee is deal was short term and not expensive. Personally, I'd rather see the team take a gamble than sign a Uribe type. Is McGehee a butcher in the field? If so, forget the above.

juanv

stan I like chavez to. but he is barely on the field. and it looks like any team that gets him will have to overpay. In my opinion if they can't trade for a young third baseman player that can change position when moran is ready>. I would go into spring with dietrich,cox,solano ,and a couple of minor league deals and see what sticks. if nothing comes out of it then trade some pitching for a better option. I think if they can go without trading any pitching will let the marlins make a better trade in july.

Stan M

agree with everything you say. But if they can sign Chavez, I still say do it. Give him 2 years and backload it so he can be moved to make room for Moran after one year.

juanv

a healthy chavez is better than any risk that's available in free agency

Lou

Querido Juan,, Don't worry about any risks being taken. Yo Creo No Hay Peligroso. Con cuidado, mi amigo. Luis.

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