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Ruggiano declines assignment, becomes free agent



UPDATE, 6:47: Ruggiano said he couldn't see the point in what would have been a sixth season at Durham.

"It was a tough decision but in the end I had to do what was best for my career,'' Ruggiano said. "I enjoyed my time with Tampa and especially with all my teammates and wish them the best.''

BREAKING: OF Justin Ruggiano said he has opted to become a free agent rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Durham.

The Rays designated Ruggiano for assignment last week when they added Carlos Pena to the 40-man roster.

It was the second straight year Ruggiano was outrighted late in the off-season and passed through waivers. 


[Last modified: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 12:42am]


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