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Cubs agree to $2 million deal with Ruggiano

Chicago avoids arbitration with new outfielder, acquired in Bogusevic trade

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The Cubs avoided another arbitration hearing on Wednesday by signing outfielder Justin Ruggiano to a one-year, $2 million contract for 2014.

The $2 million salary is almost exactly halfway between the $2.45 million he filed for, and the Cubs' $1.6 million offer.

The Cubs acquired Ruggiano, who made $494,500 last year, from the Marlins in a trade for Brian Bogusevic. Ruggiano posted a .222/.298/.396 batting line with 18 homers, 50 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 128 games for Miami in 2013.

In parts of five Major League seasons, the 31-year-old outfielder owns a .251/.315/.432 batting line and has played all three outfield positions. He was at his best with the Marlins in 2012, batting .313/.374/.535 with 13 homers and 36 RBIs in 91 games.

The Cubs have two arbitration-eligible players remaining: second baseman Darwin Barney and right-hander Jeff Samardzija. If the club can't reach an agreement before then, arbitration hearings will take place from Feb. 1-21.

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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