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Seattle acquires outfielder Justin Ruggiano from Cubs

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SEATTLE (AP) — The Mariners have found a right-handed bat for their outfield, acquiring Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs.

Seattle sent minor league pitcher Matt Brazis to Chicago as part of Wednesday’s trade.

Ruggiano could be part of the solution Seattle has sought in right field. Ruggiano appeared in 81 games last season for the Cubs, hitting .281 with six homers and 28 RBIs. He’s shown glimpses of power and hitting for average during two seasons in Miami. In 2011, Ruggiano batted .313 with 13 homers, a year after hitting a career-best 18 home runs in 128 games.

Ruggiano also provides flexibility in the outfield having played all three positions.

Brazis, 25, was 4-1 and a 2.36 ERA in 40 relief appearances last season with Single-A High Desert and Double-A Jackson.

 

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