Rangers In on Lefty-Mashing Ruggiano?

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As the MLB Winter Meetings were coming to an end on Thursday in Nashville, there were rumors circulating that the Rangers were in pretty serious discussions with a right-handed hitting outfielder.

On Friday morning, reports began surfacing from The Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant that the rumored player was Justin Ruggiano, a former Texas A&M standout who has an affinity for hitting left-handed pitching really well — kind of a Mike Napoli type except he can actually play outfield.

Ruggiano would be a sneaky signing for Texas, as he could play all three outfield positions and give them some power against left-handed pitching in what would likely be a platoon situation in left field with Josh Hamilton, with Hamilton sitting against many lefties.

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In the past four years, Ruggiano has been one of the game's better righties vs. lefties in the outfield. In that time, Ruggiano has a .290 batting average with a .359 on-base percentage and .571 slugging percentage and a .930 OPS in 439 plate appearances vs. lefties.

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