Cubs trade Ruggiano to M's

The Cubs traded outfielder Justin Ruggiano to Seattle for minor league relief pitcher Matt Brazis.

One year and a few days after acquiring Justin Ruggiano, the Cubs have traded the 32-year-old outfielder to the Mariners for minor league relief pitcher Matt Brazis. The two teams announced the deal on Wednesday.

Brazis was the Mariners Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Year in 2014 after splitting the season between High Desert (High-A) and Jackson (AA). He ended his third pro season with six saves and sported a 2.36 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and averaged 10.5 K/9.

Seattle’s 28th round pick in 2012 out of Boston College, the 6-foot-3 right-hander has accumulated an impressive 2.89 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 10.9 K/9 in an even 100 appearances in three seasons in the system. The 25-year-old pitched in the Arizona Fall League but got roughed up (12.1 IP, 14 H, 7 ER, 5 BB 11K). Brazis, who was placed on the Tennessee roster, features a fastball in the low 90s and a slider that sits in the low-to-mid 80s, according to Pitch FX data from the AFL.

Ruggiano played in 81 games for the North Siders, batting .281/.337/.429 with 6 HR and 28 RBI in 250 plate appearances. The six-year veteran had two stints on the DL, a hamstring injury in April and had season-ending ankle surgery in late August. The Cubs acquired Ruggiano from the Marlins last off-season for outfielder Brain Bogusevic.

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