MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Marlins continued to wheel and deal at the annual Winter Meetings Thursday when the team traded outfielder Justin Ruggiano to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Brian Bogusevic, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.
Money appears to be the driving force behind the latest deal. Ruggiano was arbitration-eligible and his batting average dropped from .313 in 2012 to just .222 in 2013, but his through his home runs increased from 13 to 18.
Bogusevic is a 28-year-old lefty and hit .273 with six home runs and 16 RBI's in 47 games. He was originally with the Houston Astros until last year. For his career, he's a .236 career hitter with 17 home runs and 62 RBI's.
The Marlins are projecting Bogusevic as an outfielder, though he will not be a starter in the Marlins outfield. The Marlins project to have some combination of Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Jake Marisnick as starters in the outfield.
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