Monday night, as the waiver trade deadline came to an end, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Seattle Mariners for cash considerations or a player to be named later.
Ruggiano had been playing for the Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate, the Tacoma Rainiers, after having been designated for assignment back in June after posting a slash of .214/.321/.357 with just two home runs and three RBI in 89 plate appearances.
He cleared waivers after being DFA’d, and while in Triple-A he has been hitting .296 with 10 home runs and an .899 OPS in 49 games played for Tacoma. It should also be noted that he has been playing a lot as a designated hitter.
This move for the Dodgers is mostly for depth as they have two outfielders on the disabled list in Yasiel Puig and Enrique Hernandez. The Mariners originally signed Ruggiano to hit well against lefties because he historically has done that, so it appears that the 33-year-old will get some playing time, maybe off of the bench, against southpaws and could help Los Angeles in doing so.
Because Ruggiano was acquired before September 1, he will be eligible for the postseason roster should the Dodgers make the Postseason.
This move may have countered their division rivals, the San Francisco Giants, when they acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the Red Sox in another waiver deadline deal. This is a race that could go down to the wire as the Giants are trying to catch the Dodgers and every move could prove vital in the race out west.