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Justin Ruggiano | Outfielder

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/12/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas A&M
Contract: view contract details

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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. Nov 6 - 12:43 PM

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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.
Nov 5 - 10:38 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.
Oct 8 - 1:27 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.
Sep 12 - 1:23 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.
Sep 9 - 1:29 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.
Sep 1 - 12:32 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.
Jun 28 - 3:15 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.
Jun 13 - 3:42 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.
Jun 4 - 7:05 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.
May 20 - 10:15 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.
Apr 28 - 11:05 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.
Mar 7 - 6:30 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.
Jan 16 - 12:45 PM

Mariners acquired OF Justin Ruggiano from Cubs for RHP Matt Brazis.

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reported that the deal was done. Ruggiano hit .281/.337/.429 over 81 games in 2014. Health will be the primary concern with Ruggiano, though, as he underwent ankle surgery near the end of the 2014 campaign. He will compete for a starting job and, if nothing else, should be a serviceable backup bat for the M's.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 12:35:00 PM

Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown reports that the Cubs and Mariners had discussed a possible trade involving OF Justin Ruggiano.

Ruggiano hit .281/.337/.429 in 81 games during the 2014 season, though he was hampered by an ankle injury that required surgery in late August. When healthy, he provides a serviceable depth bat. The Mariners have also been connected to Marlon Byrd, though the team is on Byrd's no-trade list.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 11:41:00 AM

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