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.
Posted by Marc Topkin at 4:56:12 pm on January 30, 2012