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Justin Ruggiano (LF,CF,RF)

Chicago Cubs

By Dave Morris Jr, Cubs Correspondent, Wed, Dec 17th 12:49pm EST

The Seattle Mariners have acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league reliever Matt Brazis. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The addition of Justin Ruggiano provides the Seattle Mariners with an outfielder who has hit left-handed pitching quite well during his career. In 443 plate appearances against left-handed pitchers, Ruggiano has a .266/.329/.508 slash line (.836 OPS). For context, Logan Morrison was the Mariners' best hitter against southpaws last season, posting a .846 OPS over 95 plate appearances. Robinson Cano was next with a .746 OPS against left-handers. While it appears the Mariners will likely add a platoon-mate for Ruggiano, the fact remains he should see playing time whenever a left-handed pitcher is on the mound. For fantasy owners in deeper leagues, especially those with daily line-ups, Ruggiano is a decent bet for moderate power (8-12 home runs), while providing near league-average on base/batting average production.

Justin Ruggiano News & Advice

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ESPN | Dec 17th, 5:56pm
The Mariners have found a right-handed bat for their outfield, acquiring Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs.
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Rotoworld | Dec 17th, 5:35pm
According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs have agreed to send OF Justin Ruggiano to the Mariners in exchange for RHP Matt Brazis.
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Rotoworld | Dec 17th, 4:41pm
Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown reports that the Cubs and Mariners had discussed a possible trade involving OF Justin Ruggiano.
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MLB.com | Dec 17th, 4:39pm
The Mariners acquired Justin Ruggiano, who can play all three outfield positions and could platoon in right, for Minor League pitcher Matt Brazis.