Marlins acquire outfielder Ruggliano from Astros

With starting center fielder, Emilio Bonifacio out for 4 to 6 weeks, the Miami Marlins needed outfield depth. The Marlins today completed a trade with the Houston Astros to get some outfield depth.

The Marlins and Astros completed a trade Saturday that sent outfielder Justin Ruggiano to Miami and Minor League catcher Jobduan Morales to Houston.


Justin Ruggiano congratulates Evan Longoria. (Image: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)


Ruggiano, 30, has appeared in 98 games of Major League games, with the Tampa Bay Rays, in which he hit .226 with 23 RBIs and six homers. This season with Triple-A Oklahoma City, he has hit .325 with five home runs. During his Rays’ tenure, Ruggiano saw time at all three outfield spots.

Ruggiano will initially will report to Triple-A New Orleans and could be an option for the Marlins to call up soon.

Jobduan Morales was selected in the ninth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft by the Miami Marlins. Morales, 20, hit .275 in 55 games between Single-A Greensboro and Rookie Level Jamestown last season. Morales has spent the 2012 season in extended spring training, and will likely do the same for the Astros.

Topics: Emilio Bonifacio, Jobduan Morales, Justin Ruggiano, Miami Marlins

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