Justin Ruggiano was a surprise for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015, but found himself on the outside looking in this offseason. Wednesday afternoon, it looks as if he might’ve found a landing spot.
This, via Evan Grant of the SportsDay Dallas News:
According to two major league sources, the club has interest in Austin-reared, Texas A&M-educated Dallas-area resident Justin Ruggiano as a cost-effective right-handed bat who could spell Josh Hamilton in left field. Ruggiano made $2.5 million in 2015.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said during the winter meetings, which ended on Thursday, that the club had made progress on a right-handed outfield bat. He said he hoped to have something resolved in 7-10 days. Daniels declined to comment on any specific outfielders.
That right-handed hitter appears to be Ruggiano.
The Dodgers have a surplus of outfielders and had planned to outright Ruggiano, which he refused, thus becoming a free agent.
Ruggiano, a Texas native will fit right in considering the short porches in Arlington. Best of luck, Justin!