Mariners acquire outfielder Justin Ruggiano from Cubs

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UPDATE: Now it’s a done deal. Seattle gets Ruggiano from Chicago in exchange for minor leaguer Matt Brazis, a former 28th-round draft pick with good numbers as a reliever.

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Not exactly one of the big right-handed power hitters being linked to the Mariners of late in various rumors, but Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports says they’ve “had conversations” with the Cubs about acquiring outfielder Justin Ruggiano.

Ruggiano is stretched as an everyday player because he often struggles against right-handed pitching, but from 2012-2014 he hit .288 with 18 homers and a .926 OPS in 341 plate appearances versus lefties.

He’s also under team control through 2016 and projected to make around $2.5 million in 2015 via arbitration.

Mets claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.