Former Seattle Mariners outfielder Justin Ruggiano, 33, has signed a one year, $1.65 million dollar contract with the Texas Rangers on Thursday.
Ruggiano became a free agent on November 6, 2015 when he turned down an offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers to play baseball for the minor league tam the Oklahoma City Dodgers in the 2016 baseball season.
The Rangers needed his services since Ruggiano has the ability to hit for power against left handed pitchers of the opposing team during his career in the Major Leagues.
Ruggiano has played in the Major Leagues as an outfielder for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays from 2007-2008, 2011, the Miami Marlins from 2012-2013, Chicago Cubs in 2014, Seattle Mariners in 2015 and the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015.
Ruggiano was traded by the Seattle Mariners to the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 31, 2015 in exchange for cash considerations.
Ruggiano did see some playing time during the National League Divisional Series playoffs versus the New York Mets in the 2015 baseball season.
The Dodgers lost in five games to the Mets in the National League Division series. Ruggiano as a free agent was able to search for another baseball team that needed his services during the 2016 Major League Baseball season.
The Texas Rangers enter the 2016 Major League Baseball season as the defending American League Western Division champions. Ruggiano will have a chance to play baseball for his hometown team since he was born in Austin Texas.
Ruggiano will have a chance of getting playing time with the Rangers as their first baseman and outfielder during the 2016 baseball season.
Ruggiano will become a free agent at the end of the 2016 Major League Baseball season. Unless the Rangers offer him a new contract at the end of the next baseball season, Ruggiano will able to test the free agent market to seek employment with another team in the Major Leagues that will be seeking his services before the start of the 2017 Major League Baseball season.