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Justin Ruggiano | Outfielder | #23

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/12/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas A&M
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 25 (0) / LA
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Rangers signed OF Justin Ruggiano to a one-year, $1.65 million contract.
Ruggiano posted a cool .805 OPS with six home runs and five stolen bases in 141 plate appearances this past season between the Mariners and Dodgers. He typically gets exposed when a team tries to make him an everyday player, but the toolsy 33-year-old outfielder is a pretty nice addition to the Texas bench for 2016. Thu, Dec 17, 2015 02:01:00 PM

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers and free agent outfielder Justin Ruggiano are closing in on a one-year major league contract.

The Dodgers outrighted Ruggiano to Triple-A Oklahoma City in early November, but he elected free agency in lieu of the assignment. In 125 at-bats between the Mariners and Dodgers in 2015, the 33-year-old outfielder hit .248/.333/.472 with six homers and 15 RBI, plus five steals.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 06:05:00 PM

Justin Ruggiano has elected free agency.

He had been outrighted off the Dodgers' 40-man roster and has decided to look for a gig elsewhere. Ruggiano hit .248/.333/.472 while splitting time between the Mariners and Dodgers last season.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 12:43:00 PM

Dodgers sent OF Justin Ruggiano outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Ruggiano hit .248/.333/.472 while splitting time between the Mariners and Dodgers last season. The 33-year-old is particularly effective against left-handed pitching and should find a job as a bench bat this winter.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 10:38:00 PM

Justin Ruggiano has been informed that he will be on the Dodgers' roster for the NLDS.

Ruggiano is a versatile defensive outfielder and batted .291/.350/.618 in 60 plate appearances after joining the Dodgers on September 1. He probably won't get a start against the Mets, but look for the 33-year-old right-handed-hitter to make some appearances in the later innings.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 01:27:00 PM

Justin Ruggiano hit a grand slam with the Dodgers down 12-0 in the ninth Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Now there's some major league stat-padding from a guy who spent much of the year in Triple-A. He's been terrific playing against lefties for the Dodgers, going 6-for-15 with three homers, two doubles and 10 RBI in six games.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 01:23:00 AM

Justin Ruggiano led off Tuesday's win against the Angels with a solo home run, finishing 2-for-5.

Ruggiano belted an Andrew Heaney fastball to straightaway center field, putting the Dodgers up 1-0 early. He also doubled but was stranded in the third inning. In five games since joining the Dodgers, Ruggiano has two homers, six RBI, and has hit consecutively in four games.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 01:29:00 AM

Dodgers acquired OF Justin Ruggiano from the Mariners in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations; purchased his contract from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Ruggiano was removed from the Mariners' 40-man roster back in early June after batting just .214/.321/.357 over 81 plate appearances. He's hit .296/.385/.514 with 10 homers at Triple-A Tacoma and boasts a career .266/.331/.505 line in his career against lefties. He'll give the Dodgers some outfield depth with Yasiel Puig (hamstring) and Enrique Hernandez (hamstring) on the shelf.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 12:32:00 AM

Justin Ruggiano clubbed three homers Saturday in a win for Triple-A Tacoma.

He plated seven of Tacoma's 14 runs. Saturday was the veteran's second career three-homer game. Ruggiano was designated for assignment on June 5 and optioned to Triple-A after going unclaimed on waivers. The 33-year-old hit .214 in 36 games for the Mariners before being sent down.
Source: MILB.com
Sun, Jun 28, 2015 03:15:00 PM

Mariners sent OF Justin Ruggiano outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

He was designated for assignment last week but passed through waivers unclaimed and will continue to provide organizational outfield depth for the Mariners. He was hitting just .214/.321/.357 with two homers and three RBI in 81 plate appearances.
Sat, Jun 13, 2015 03:42:00 PM

Mariners designated OF Justin Ruggiano for assignment.

With Mark Trumbo added to the roster, there was simply no room for the lefty killer. He will look to latch on elsewhere.
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 07:05:00 PM

Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run as the Mariners took down the Orioles on Wednesday.

His fourth-inning shot off of Wei-Yin Chen extended the Mariners' lead to 3-0 at the time. Ruggiano has two home runs, three RBI, and is batting .235/.328/.431 in 58 plate appearances.
Wed, May 20, 2015 10:15:00 PM

Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-4 with a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.

Getting a start against lefty Ross Detwiler, Ruggiano had a couple singles to raise his batting average to .250 through 20 at-bats. The stolen base was his second of the year in two attempts.
Tue, Apr 28, 2015 11:05:00 PM

Justin Ruggiano went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run on Saturday against the White Sox.

With two runners on base, Ruggiano swatted a home run off of Zach Putnam in the third inning to break a 1-1 tie. Ruggiano will platoon with Seth Smith in right field for the Mariners. The soon-to-be 33-year-old has a career .266/.329/.508 slash line against left-handed pitching.
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 06:30:00 PM

Mariners and OF Justin Ruggiano avoided arbitration but agreeing to a one-year, $2.505 million contract.

Ruggiano was arbitration-eligible for a second time. Acquired from the Cubs via trade last month, Ruggiano is set to platoon with Seth Smith in right field in 2015.
Fri, Jan 16, 2015 12:45:00 PM