Ruggiano Hits Two Bombs, but Probably Too Late

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When the Rangers signed Justin Ruggiano to a one-year deal worth $1.65 million this winter, it looked like a pretty opportunistic signing.

The thought was Ruggiano, who mashes left-handed pitching, could platoon with Josh Hamilton in left field and give the Rangers some decent production at a position they saw barely any from last year.

Then, Hamilton got hurt again before spring training even started, and the Rangers signed Ian Desmond to a one-year deal for $8 million to be their everyday left fielder, and Ruggiano's place on the roster looked pretty cloudy.

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It's still fairly unlikely Ruggiano breaks camp on the roster, especially now that the Rangers appear set to keep a short three-man bench while carrying an extra bullpen arm. But he made a strong case for himself to either be on the Rangers or another team on Thursday when he launched a pair of bombs in the Rangers' rout of the Reds.

In a perfect world, a team would approach the Rangers about trading for Ruggiano, but that's not going to happen because the world isn't perfect. Sorry, Rangers.

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