Cubs acquire Minor League pitcher, send Ruggiano to M's

Cubs acquire Minor League pitcher, send Ruggiano to M's

CHICAGO -- The Cubs dealt outfielder Justin Ruggiano to the Mariners Wednesday for Minor League pitcher Matt Brazis, opening a spot on the 40-man roster.

Ruggiano, 32, batted .281 with six home runs and 28 RBIs in 81 games for the Cubs last season, but missed time because of a left hamstring injury suffered in late April. His season ended Aug. 22 when he fractured his left ankle.

The right-handed hitter was acquired by the Cubs in December 2013 for outfielder Brian Bogusevic.

Ruggiano said goodbye to Chicago and hello to Seattle on Twitter: "Cubs fans thanks for the wonderful experience in 2014! I'm looking forward to joining @Mariners organization for 2015!"

Brazis, 25, is 8-6 with 14 saves and a 2.89 ERA in 100 Minor League relief appearances over three seasons for the Mariners. He split last season between Class A High Desert and Double-A Jackson, going 4-1 with six saves and a 2.36 ERA in 40 appearances. Brazis struck out 84 and walked 18 in 72 1/3 innings.

The right-hander was a 28th-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

The Cubs do want to add a veteran outfielder, but were looking for players with more experience to be what manager Joe Maddon calls "clubhouse dudes" and help mentor the young guys.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.