The Mariners Wednesday acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league relief pitcher Matt Brazis. The 32-year-old Ruggiano played 81 games for the Cubs last season, batting .281 (63×224) with 13 doubles, one triple, six home runs and 28 RBIs. He missed extended time due to two trips to the disabled list, including season-ending left ankle surgery.
The Austin, TX., native has appeared in 398 major league games over six seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays (2007-08, 2011), Miami Marlins (2012-13) and Cubs (2014). The right-handed hitter has 62 doubles, three triples and 43 home runs in his career. He has appeared in games at all three outfield positions: CF (166 G/148 GS), LF (118 G/71 GS), RF (76 G/56 GS).
Ruggiano was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 25th round of the 2004 June draft out of Texas A&M (also attended Blinn College). He made his MLB debut Sept. 19, 2007 with Tampa Bay.
Brazis, 25, went 4-1 with six saves and a 2.36 ERA (19 ER, 72.1 IP) in 40 relief appearances with A High Desert and AA Jackson last season. The right-hander limited opponents to a .208 average (54×260) while walking 18 and striking out 84.
With Jackson, he went 1-1 with two saves and a 1.64 ERA (6 ER, 33.0 IP) in 17 relief appearances. Brazis also pitched for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League, going 1-0 with a 5.11 ERA (7 ER, 12.1 IP) in 10 relief appearances.
To make room for Ruggiano on the 40-man roster, the Mariners designated RHP Logan Bawcom for assignment.