Jul 3, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Miami Marlins center fielder Justin Ruggiano (20) hits a three-run home run in the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
"The Rangers and Yankees are among the clubs that have expressed interest in trading for Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano, according to major league sources.Ruggiano, a right-handed hitter who is batting .260 with a .763 OPS, would make a good platoon partner for David Murphy in Texas."
Ruggiano for the season owns a .225/.290/.414 slash line and leads the Marlins with 12 home runs. He has also stolen 9 bases and provides strong defense in all three outfield positions. But with promotions for the Marlins top outfield prospects on the horizon, trading Ruggiano makes a ton of sense right now.
Top prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick are right around the corner for the Miami Marlins. Yelich is still on a rehabilitation assignment with the Marlins High-A team, the Jupiter Hammerheads. Like I mentioned in the BA midseason prospect ranking article from this morning, Yelich should be ready sometime in late-July to early August.
Marisnick is making a great case for a promotion in the near future, as he is hitting as well as anyone currently in the Southern League.
Not sure what kind of return the Marlins woild look for in a trade for Ruggiano, but one would have to think pitcing depth after their Ricky Nolasco trade a few weeks ago. The Marlins, smartly, have decided that there can never be too much pitching depth in the organization.
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