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Mariners Ink Five Arbitration-eligible Players to Deals

The Seattle Mariners have avoided arbitration hearings with five of their six eligible players, signing outfielders Austin Jackson, Dustin Ackley and Justin Ruggiano; first baseman Logan Morrison and left-handed pitcher Charlie Furbush. Right-handed pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen is the only arbitration-eligible player the Mariners have yet to sign. RHP Tom Wilhelmsen seeking $2.2 million...
Via Baseball Essential
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners reach agreements with five players to avoid arbitration

SEATTLE -- The Mariners have agreed to one-year deals with outfielders Dustin Ackley, Justin Ruggiano and Austin Jackson; relief pitcher Charlie Furbush; and first baseman Logan Morrison. Following Friday's deals, relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen was Seattle's remaining player in arbitration. Ruggiano is expected to split time in right field with Seth Smith. Jackson, acquired before...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle agrees to 5 deals that avoid arbitration

SEATTLE (AP) The Mariners have agreed to one-year deals with outfielders Dustin Ackley, Justin Ruggiano and Austin Jackson; relief pitcher Charlie Furbush; and first baseman Logan Morrison. Following Friday's deals, relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen was Seattle's remaining player in arbitration. Ruggiano is expected to split time in right field with Seth Smith. Jackson, acquired before...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Acquire Dutch Pitching Prospect from Mariners

A month after trading Justin Ruggiano to the Seattle Mariners for pitching prospect Matt Brazis, the Cubs made another move with the Mariners this time for a pitching prospect from the Netherlands. The Cubs sent left-hander Mike Kickham to Seattle in exchange for 21 year old right-hander Lars Huijer. From the mean streets of Haarlem, Netherlands (ok, probably not that mean), Huijer...
Via Sports Mockery
16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Seattle Mariners Right Field Platoon – Both Productive And Economical

Just before the New Year, the Seattle Mariners acquired outfielder Seth Smith from the San Diego Padres for relief pitcher Brandon Mauer. The left handed hitting Smith will, more than likely, share a right field platoon with the right handed hitting Justin Ruggiano, who was also recently acquired from the Chicago Cubs. While fans often don’t think of platoon signings as being as...
Via Oregon Sports News
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Are The Seattle Mariners Done Adding For 2015?

Mariners Hot Stove Grinds To Halt In an MLB offseason that took off like greased lightening with the majority of the big deals occurring before or during the Winter Meetings it seems that it has stopped just as fast as it started. I think it’s a stretch to say the Seattle Mariners missed out on deals.  The made some deals, some good ones too but all too often fans’ expectations...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Justin Ruggiano, Seth Smith: Mariners Buy Low, Win Big

The Mariners made it official today, announcing the trade with their NL “rival” Padres to acquire veteran OF Seth Smith. In exchange for Smith, the Mariners will send third year pitcher Brandon Maurer to San Diego. This move comes on the heels of another deal two weeks ago when the Mariners acquired OF Justin Ruggiano from the Cubs, who is expected to be the platoon counterpart...
Via Baseball Essential
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners, Padres nearing Seth Smith trade

The Seattle Mariners are closing in on another option for their outfield. The club is nearing a deal with the San Diego Padres that would bring Seth Smith to Seattle. The Padres are hunting pitcher Brandon Maurer in return. Been brewing for awhile but hearing #Mariners are Very close to trade for Seth Smith. — Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) December 30, 2014 The #Padres have...
Via The Outside Corner
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners, Padres nearing Seth Smith trade

The Seattle Mariners are closing in on another option for their outfield. The club is nearing a deal with the San Diego Padres that would bring Seth Smith to Seattle. The Padres are hunting pitcher Brandon Maurer in return. Been brewing for awhile but hearing #Mariners are Very close to trade for Seth Smith. — Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) December 30, 2014 The #Padres have...
Via Bloguin Best
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs New Year’s resolutions

The Chicago Cubs are entering uncharted territory as they further transition from a rebuilding, last place team into a legitimate contender. This off-season has been a welcome change to the buy-low sell-high player acquisitions that appeared to have left Chicago as soon as they arrived, much like the presents that once filled the now empty void underneath our Christmas trees. Unlike...
Via isportsweb.com
December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Trade Ruggiano

The Cubs cleared some 40-man roster space and made room for a "clubhouse dude" by sending OF Justin Ruggiano to the Seattle Mariners for 25-year old relief pitcher Matt Brazis. Ruggiano was acquired from the Marlins last offseason for Brian Bogusevic and put up an 111 OPS+ with an .846 OPS versus lefties in limited, albeit effective action. He can also handle all 3 OF positions which...
Via Cub Reporter
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners acquire OF Ruggiano from Cubs for minor leaguer

SEATTLE -- The Mariners have found a right-handed bat for their outfield, acquiring Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs. Seattle sent minor league pitcher Matt Brazis to Chicago as part of Wednesday's trade. Ruggiano could be part of the solution Seattle has sought in right field. Ruggiano appeared in 81 games last season for the Cubs, hitting .281 with six homers and 28 RBIs....
Via AP on Fox
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs tab another top prospect, promote Jorge Soler for debut

  The Chicago Cubs put outfielders Ryan Sweeney and Justin Ruggiano on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday before the second game of their series against the Cincinnati Reds. Sweeney had to leave the Cubs' 3-0 victory on Tuesday with a pulled hamstring. Ruggiano hadn't played since last week because of a sore left ankle. The moves opened a roster spot for outfielder and top prospect...
Via AP on Fox
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Soler ————> Cubs

Per David Kaplan on CSN, Jorge Soler is being called up and will join the team for this week’s series in Cincinnati. I’m guessing Justin Ruggiano will be put on the DL in the corresponding roster move. It’s been a given for some time that Soler was going to be called up in September anyway, since he’s already both on the 40-man and signed to a big league deal, but this way...
Via Obstructed View
August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs OF Ruggiano scratched with ankle soreness

CHICAGO (AP) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano has been scratched from the lineup due to left ankle soreness. Ruggiano was replaced by Ryan Sweeney for Saturday's game against Baltimore. Sweeney got the start in right and also batted in Ruggiano's fifth slot. Ruggiano is batting .281 with six homers and 28 RBIs in 81 games.
Via AP on Fox
August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Rockies drop three of four to Cubs

Chi. Cubs 3, Colorado 1 When: 2:20 PM ET, Thursday, July 31, 2014 Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois Temperature: 82° Umpires: Home – Gerry Davis, 1B – Greg Gibson, 2B – Phil Cuzzi, 3B – Will Little Attendance: 35729 By SportsDirect Inc. Cubs 3, Rockies 1: Jake Arrieta worked seven strong innings as Chicago clinched a win in the four-game series over visiting Colorado...
Via Mile High Sports
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

DFP: Technical Difficulties and Selfish Sutcliffe

Technical Difficulties I know that many of you are struggling with the question of whether life is worth living in the wake of yesterday’s Darwin Barney trade. Know that OVBlog is dealing with the same struggle. Hold fast, you patient ones. We will get through this together. (Alternate theory: evil genius Brett is planning to shut down the entire Cub blogosphere tomorrow as part...
Via Obstructed View
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Rockies (43-61) at Cubs (42-61)

With a 42-61 record, the Cubs are now in last place in the National league, a half game back from their opponent this series. The Rockies actually started off the season fairly well, thanks to an All-World performance by marketing departmental bane Troy Tulowitzki, and were tied with the Giants for first place in the NL west on May 7 with a 22-14 record. Since then they have gone...
Via Obstructed View
July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs trade rumors: Justin Ruggiano edition

Chicago Cubs With the trade deadline being a week away, we may finally get to see some movement among players and teams. Among the players that could possibly be moved, Justin Ruggiano of the Chicago Cubs is a name that has been discussed. According to Bruce Levine of 670 the Score in Chicago, the Kansas City Royals have shown strong interest in Ruggiano. Ruggiano is a 32 year old...
Via isportsweb.com
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs 6, Padres 0 (7/23/14)

Did The Cubs Win? OSS: (one of the) 24-year olds homered twice, and the 22-year old homered once. Three Up 1. Anthony Rizzo now leads the NL in HR, and he is sneaking up on the ML lead. I thought Rizzo’s peak was a .250/.350/.500 guy, and he’s at .283/.385/.539 right now. Just enjoy the ride, however long it lasts. 2. Kyle Hendricks had a great stat line, but only a good game...
Via Obstructed View
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Roster Moves I Actually Made, Week 15: Enjoying the All-Star Break

The All-Star break is upon us, baseball’s very own intermission. While I hardly ever consider the All-Star game a midsummer “classic,” it is not without its important purpose. No, I am not talking about its impact on which league will have home field advantage during the World Series. I’m referring to the period of time it gives us to re-charge our batteries. Fantasy baseball...
Via Baseball Professor
July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds, Cubs clear benches after Chapman fastballs over the head

Your browser does not support iframes. Benches cleared after Aroldis Chapman retired the side in the top of the 9th of Thursday’s Reds-Cubs game following some tension between the clubs. Chapman struck out Justin Ruggiano to start the inning. Then he sailed a 101-mph fastball over the head of Nate Schierholtz on the first pitch […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs 7, Washington 2; 4 July 2014 (Washington 46-39, Chicago 38-46)

Photo Credit: kitsapsun.com On a pleasant Independence Day Friday morning, the Nationals took the field against a suddenly rampaging Cubs team. Chicago had just finished a three-game sweep at Boston, and enjoyed the same off day Thursday as Washington. Tanner Roark started against his home state team for the second time in a week, while looking for a different result. Instead, the...
Via DC Sports-Kings
July 04, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Denard Span make an amazing catch in the ivy of Wrigly Field

Lately it seems like the Nats’ outfield have been making incredible catches all week. During today’s game, it was Denard Span with highlight reel catch. In the bottom of the fourth, Justin Ruggiano hit a fly ball to centerfield off Gio Gonzalez. Watch Span’s catch here: Your browser does not support iframes.   Follow us on Twitter: @DCSportsKings
Via DC Sports-Kings
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs 5, Washington 3; 26 June 2014 (Washington 41-37, Chicago 33-44)

  Photo Credit: sportschatpalace.com The Nationals got some good news on Thursday, with the activation of catcher Wilson Ramos. His rehabilitation now complete, Ramos joins the roster as things look brighter, Taking a series in Milwaukee early in the week should buoy the Nationals’ hopes this weekend in the Windy City. Putting Doug Fister on the mound to start against the Cubs...
Via DC Sports-Kings
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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