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Texas Rangers rumors: Justin Ruggiano a Ranger target

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Evan Grant writes that the Rangers have "interest" in free agent outfielder Justin Ruggiano

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Texas Rangers rumors:  Justin Ruggiano is on the Rangers' radar, and could be the righthanded bat that the team has been working on acquiring the past few days, according to Evan Grant.

Ruggiano, who turns 34 in April, is an Austin native who was a 25th round draft pick of the Dodgers in the 2004 draft.  Ruggiano has bounced around with various organizations, and has a career .256/.321/.436 slash line, with a career .272/.336/.520 slash line against lefthanded pitchers.

Ruggiano's 2015 was a tale of two seasons, as he started the year in the M's organization and was mediocre in the majors for them, putting up a .214/.321/.357 slash line before being dealt to the Dodgers on August 31.  Ruggiano turned it on with L.A., hitting .291/.350/.618 in the final month, bringing his overall line for the year up to .248/.333/.472.

Ruggiano would be a cheap, versatile bench bat who could play all the outfield positions while spelling Josh Hamilton in left against lefty pitchers.  I'm assuming that he'd be looking at a major league deal if he were to be signed -- he made $2.5M last year under his deal with Seattle.