Justin Ruggiano was a great acquisition late in the season for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015, with .291/.350/.618 splits and he even made starts down the stretch and was even better against left-handed pitching (.333/.388/.667).
That said, he’s 33 years old and the Dodgers couldn’t find a spot on their 40-man roster for him. Thursday, after Ruggiano cleared waivers, they outrighted him to Triple A.
Because of the length of time he’s spent in the minors (four years, 123 days of service, according to TrueBlueLA), Ruggiano can opt for free agency instead – which he did.
Ruggiano has a chance at being picked up, given his splits, it’s just tough to see a 33-year-old outfielder finding a larger role than a bench players who eventually spends more time in the minor leagues. It still doesn’t mean what he gave the Dodgers wasn’t valuable, though, and all we can do as fans is wish Ruggiano the best of luck as he tries to find a new, more stable situation.
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