A source with the Texas Rangers has confirmed that the club is interested in signing free-agent outfielder Justin Ruggiano.
The right-handed hitter and former Texas A&M standout (2003-04) has played with five teams since 2007. In 2015, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Seattle Mariners late in the season.
Ruggiano, who turns 34 in April, would be the right-handed bat the Rangers are seeking to help platoon with Josh Hamilton in left field.
Although Ruggiano’s numbers at first glance aren’t impressive, his ability to hit left-handed pitchers has been consistent. He’s a lifetime .272 hitter against left-handers (compared with .246 against right-handers). He has 38 doubles and 25 homers against lefties in 481 career at bats.
In 2015, Ruggiano batted .301 against lefties and .143 against righties.
After graduating from Austin Anderson High School, Ruggiano attended Blinn College before transferring to Texas A&M. He was drafted by the Dodgers in the 25th round in 2004.
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