The Miami Marlins have acquired outfielder Brian Bogusevic from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Justin Ruggiano. Clark Spencer, from the Miami Herald, had the initial information that Ruggiano was on his way out of Miami.
Hearing that the #Marlins are about to trade OF Justin Ruggiano. Don’t know yet where, or for what in return
— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) December 12, 2013
Shortly after that report, blogger Joe Frisaro had more details.
— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) December 12, 2013
Brian Bogusevic is a left-handed outfielder that is capable of playing all three outfield positions. He is not slated to be a free agent until 2018. On the surface, this seems to be a bit of a head scratcher. Both players are very similar, cost controlled players.
Ruggiano hits for more power and steals a few more bases. Bogusevic gets on base slightly more often. In my opinion, both players should be fourth outfielders, rather than starters for any team.
Unless this move is a precursor to another move, I don’t see how this makes the Marlins any better. I also don’t think they got substantially worse. It seems like a very “blah” trade where teams are swapping players for the fun of it. Hopefully the Marlins front office knows something we don’t about Bogusevic.