Tag:Juan Cruz
Posted on: March 2, 2009 11:32 am

Odds & Ends: Contraction, Pudge, German, Jays

Links for Monday...

Posted on: March 1, 2009 3:54 pm

Odds And Ends: Orioles, Bowden, Nathan

A few links for Sunday afternoon...

Posted on: February 28, 2009 3:45 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2009 4:28 pm

Royals Sign Cruz

3:16pm: Buster Olney with information on each year's value: "He receives $2.25 million for 2009, $3.25 million for 2010, and a $4 million option for 2011, with a $500,000 buyout. " Royals beat writer Dick Kaegel of MLB.com confirms it.

2:25pm: According to a press release from the team, the Kansas City Royals have signed Juan Cruz to a two-year deal, with a club option for a third year.

While it is Royals policy to keep contract terms under wraps, Ken Rosenthal has contract details. The first two years of the deal are worth $6MM, while the option year would pay Cruz $3.5MM if exercised.

Rosenthal also has details on the Royals' ability to complete the deal without negotiating a sign-and-trade with the Diamondbacks:

In the end, no sign-and-trade solution was necessary. The Royals preferred to lose their second rounder rather than give up prospects to the Diamondbacks. The team's first-round pick is protected because it finished with one of the 15 worst records in the majors last season.

Posted on: February 28, 2009 2:18 pm

Juan Cruz To Royals?

Juan Cruz may be close to a deal with the Kansas City Royals, according to Buster Olney at ESPN.com.

The Royals' signing Cruz may entitle the Arizona Diamondbacks to two compensatory draft picks, since Cruz was a Type A free agent offered arbitration. However, a potential sign-and-trade deal with the Diamondbacks may affect those circumstances. Writes Olney:

It was not immediately clear on Saturday afternoon whether Cruz would just sign with the Royals, or if a sign-and-trade with the Diamondbacks would be part of the process.

We'll keep an eye on this one.

Posted on: February 26, 2009 10:11 am

Twins, Cruz End Contract Talks

According to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Twins have ended their pursuit of right-handed reliever Juan Cruz.

Cruz rejected the Twins' contract offer before talks ever evolved into the sign-and-trade stages, and it doesn't sounds like the club plans on making another run at him.  Cruz, 30, posted a 2.61 ERA in 51 2/3 innings last season.

Neal suggests that the Twins might now focus their attention on free agent Chad Cordero, who threw for several teams on Wednesday.

Posted on: February 21, 2009 12:21 am
Edited on: February 22, 2009 6:32 pm

Nothing Close For Juan Cruz, Twins

4:46pm: Steve Gilbert of MLB.com talked to D'Backs GM Josh Byrnes.  Byrnes is in regular contract with Cruz's agent Barry Praver, but has nothing new to report and is not talking to any teams about Cruz.

3:47pm: MLB.com's Kelly Theiser reports that the Twins have not even extended a formal offer to Cruz. She agrees with Neal that Twins fans should not expect a Cruz acquisition, though they definitely are interested.

SUNDAY, 1:27pm: Neal is back with another update, though not a pleasant one for Twins fans. Neal writes that the reports saying the Twins are "closing in on a deal" are not true. The trade, may in fact, be very difficult to pull off:

"It 19s going to be hard enough to agree to terms with the agent. Getting the Diamondbacks to agree on a trade might be even tougher. Things could always change but, for now, there 19s little reason to feel optimistic that the Twins can land Cruz."

SATURDAY: Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are "closing in on a likely sign-and-trade deal" with the Twins for Juan Cruz. He adds that "various reports expected the deal to be completed by Saturday." 

FRIDAY: According to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins made an offer to reliever Juan Cruz tonight as part of a possible sign-and-trade with the Diamondbacks.  If Cruz accepts the offer, Neal says the teams would then have 48 hours to work out a trade.

Cruz would represent a power arm for the back of Minnesota's pen; his average heater was 94.3 mph in 2008.  Cruz's big-time strikeout stuff is accompanied by poor control, however.

Posted on: February 19, 2009 10:54 am
Edited on: February 19, 2009 9:52 pm

Neal Discusses Ayala, Cruz, Cordero

8:48 Neal has another update, reporting that Ayala's contract is indeed guaranteed. Ayala will get the previously-reported $1.3MM base salary, along with $250K of appearance incentives. $50K for 50 appearance, and then another $50K for every five games after that - up to 70 games.

Ayala also has bonuses for finishing games, which would require an injury to All-Star closer Joe Nathan. He also has bonuses for making the All-Star team, winning ALCS or World Series MVP honors, or finishing in the Top 3 of the Rolaids Relief Award.

Aside from his appearance incentives, none seem plausible. Nothing further on Cruz or Cordero in this update.

9:52am: La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune learned that newly-signed reliever Luis Ayala does not have a guaranteed contract:

The Twins can cut Ayala up until 16 days before Opening Day and be on the hook for just 1/6th of his $1.3MM salary [about $217K]. If they cut him 15 days from the first pitch on in, they are on the hook for about 1/4th of the salary [$325K]. The Twins have a little protection if Ayala doesn 19t have a good spring.

That's good to hear, because Ayala wasn't really deserving of a guaranteed contract based on his '08 and the current market.  Neal also has more on Juan Cruz:

If Cruz is moved as part of a sign and trade deal, Arizona is out a first-round pick and sandwhich round pick as compensation. That should influence the types of players the D'Backs would want in return for Cruz. It also stands to reason that several teams, and not just the Twins, would be in on Cruz if draft picks aren 19t a factor.  But there are indications that Arizona can 19t just sit back and demand a lot for Cruz. Cruz is making noises about sitting out until after the June draft, so Arizona would get nothing for compensation once Cruz signs with a club. So there 19s motivation on their part to get something in return for him. The Twins have made a call to the league office to check on the change in the sign-and-trade rules. If they haven 19t already been informed of the changes they should know today.

Sitting out is Cruz's only leverage...is he bluffing?   A bit more on the relief front: Neal was unable to confirm that the Twins attended Chad Cordero's audition yesterday.

Posted on: February 18, 2009 8:10 pm

Indians Might Be All Set

According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians don't plan on pursuing any more free agents, even in a sign-and-trade scenario.

With their 25-man payroll pushing $80 million, it would be hard for the Indians to take on any payroll, writes Hoynes.

The Indians expressed mild interest in Juan Cruz and Orlando Hudson early in the offseason, but that was before they dolled out a two-year, $20.5MM million contract to Kerry Wood.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com