LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers did make one trade before Monday's 9 p.m. PT deadline for players to be eligible for the postseason, acquiring outfielder Justin Ruggiano and cash from the Mariners for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Ruggiano was originally drafted by the Dodgers in 2004, and was traded to the Rays in July 2006 along with Dioner Navarro and Jae Seo in exchange for Mark Hendrickson and Toby Hall. That was the first year as general manager in Tampa Bay for Andrew Friedman, now president of baseball operations in Los Angeles.
The 33-year-old Ruggiano has experience at all three outfield positions, and is basically an older Chris Heisey with a more extreme platoon split. In his career, the right-handed Ruggiano is a .266/.331/.505 hitter against left-handed pitchers, with a .360 wOBA and 129 wRC+ against southpaws.
In 2015 with the Mariners, Ruggiano hit just .214/.321/.357 in 36 games, but that included .263/.349/.474 with a .358 wOBA and 133 wRC+ against lefties.
With both Yasiel Puig and Kike Hernandez on the disabled list with hamstring strains, Ruggiano makes sense at least as a part-time caddy or a semi-regular in center field as the left-handed Joc Pederson continues to struggle.
But as of this moment, Ruggiano isn't yet on the 40-man roster.
Ruggiano was designated for assignment by the Mariners on June 4 and sent outright to Triple-A Tacoma nine days later. He hit .296/.385/.514 with 10 home runs in 49 games for Tacoma.
Ruggiano is making $2,505,000 this season, so with 34 days remaining in the regular season that means there is roughly $465,410 left. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says the Dodgers are paying one-third of the remaining salary, or $155,137.