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.
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.