ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 05: Outfielder Justin Ruggiano #16 of the Tampa Bay Rays catches a fly ball against the Texas Rangers during the game at Tropicana Field on September 5, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Don't expect this one to garner many headlines, but a trade is a trade nonetheless. The Houston Astros have acquired switch-hitting catcher Jobduan Morales exchange for Triple-A outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Miami Marlins, according to the Astros Sr. Director of Social Media, Alyson Footer. In a later tweet, Footer says Morales will report to Astros Extended Spring Training for the time being.
Ruggiano, a former product of the Rays minor league system, will provide the Marlins with outfield depth and a possible replacement for center fielder Emilio Bonifacio, who was placed on the disabled list and isn't expect back for four to six more weeks.
The other player in the trade, Jobduan Morales, is a 20-year-old catcher in the low levels of the minors. He hit .275/.386/.444 between Jamestown and Greensboro with 4 home runs and 33 walks to 41 strikeouts. Morales was a 9th round selection by the Marlins in the 2009 draft.