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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Diamondbacks - DFAed Cruz Jr.

Arizona Diamondbacks - Designated OF Jose Cruz Jr. for assignment; purchased 1B Conor Jackson

A rather forward-looking move for this organization.  While the thought of Shawn Green as the centerfielder is a rather ugly scene, Jose Cruz’s Guernica-esque glovework wasn’t much prettier.  Chad Tracy becomes the rightfielder and, of course, Conor Jackson splits time with Tony Clark.

Clark’s having the best 200 plate appearances of his life, so to get full marks with me, I’d like to see the Diamondbacks trade him while he has some value; no, the Diamondbacks won’t get Lastings Milledge or Daric Barton for him, but a lower-grade prospect might be doable from a team falling out of the pennant race like the Orioles.  Not that I want the Orioles to trade for him, though.  I really think that playing Conor Jackson full-time is the best bet because though I think it’s perfectly fine to platoon lesser hitting prospects at first, I want to see the grade-A elite prospects get as much time against major league pitching as possible.  I don’t think Shawn Green or Ryan Klesko were really helped by their early platooning - both got considerably better against lefties only after getting to play against lefties (yes, I know Jackson’s a righty, but it’s the same general point).

Someone will pick up Cruz Jr; he’s simply not been as bad offensively as the .213 BA suggests.  I’d much rather have him as a backup than McQuinton.

2005 ZiPS Projection - Conor Jackson
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Period     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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Actual ‘05* 316 60   99 35 1   6 56 46 34   2 .313 .401 .487
Rest ‘05   165 30   49 14 1   4 23 23 21   1 .297 .383 .467
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* - Includes MLE

 

2005 ZiPS Projection - Jose Cruz Jr.
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Period     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
——————————————————————————————————
Actual ‘05 202 23   43   9 0 12 28 42 54   0 .213 .347 .436
Rest ‘05   169 22   41   9 1   8 24 31 38   2 .243 .360 .450
——————————————————————————————————
Total ‘05 371 45   84 18 1 20 52 73 92   2 .226 .353 .442

Dan Szymborski Posted: July 28, 2005 at 10:54 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. 1k5v3L Posted: July 28, 2005 at 11:01 PM (#1506142)
For what it's worth, I heard that the Astros had called for Tony Clark. Supposedly AZ asked for Astacio and were rebuffed. The problem with Clark right now is that some people in the front office want to trade them, while others are trying to resign him to $1m, 1 year extension. Methinks that if Clark agree to that extension, he'll stay; if he decides that he wants more money and potentially a starting gig somewhere next year, he may get traded. Quite a few teams could use him right now.

Re: Cruz. I think he'll get traded somewhere. Enough teams are aware that his back is a lot better now than it was a month ago, and enough teams could use a switch hitting corner OF on their team, so I'm thinking some team out there will offer a prospect or two for him. Especially since he'll be cheaper than Byrnes or Winn or Lawton, and he can definitely help a contender. McCracken needs to get DFAed asap.
   2. 1k5v3L Posted: July 28, 2005 at 11:07 PM (#1506159)
[/turns red, ashamed of all the spelling mistakes]

Just to add: if Clark gets traded, I hope AZ brings up Quentin to play RF full time and gives Tracy at bats at 1B/3B/LF/RF. Tracy can handle all those 4 positions well enough to give Melvin some roster flexibility, and allow him to rest players. Moreso, AZ needs to DFA Clayton and bring up Andy Green. The kid is playing like crazy in AAA, and he's a good bet to fill in for Counsell at 2B on occasion, especially against lefties. Melvin needs to give Counsell more rest before he collapse on the keystone one of these days.
   3. I Love LA (OFF) Posted: July 28, 2005 at 11:09 PM (#1506162)
I heard this crazy rumor: Cameron and Looper for Quentin and Tracy.
   4. 1k5v3L Posted: July 28, 2005 at 11:11 PM (#1506166)
Yup, it's crazy all right. The Mets make out like bandits.
   5. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: July 28, 2005 at 11:41 PM (#1506231)
Couldn't the Red Sox use Cruz Jr. all of a sudden, with Nixon's injury? It'd sure be better than Millar in right...
   6. JPWF13 Posted: July 29, 2005 at 01:05 AM (#1506400)
"I heard this crazy rumor: Cameron and Looper for Quentin and Tracy."

If that happened I would take back every bad thing I ever said or thought about Omar-
and then I'd say, "Gee, Joe Jr. really is as bad as they say :-)
   7. Dan The Mediocre Posted: July 29, 2005 at 02:28 AM (#1506640)
If I were the Yankees, I'd jump on this now. He can play CF better than any option they have now, and he hits better than their CF options.
   8. sweet lou Posted: July 29, 2005 at 02:39 AM (#1506681)
Is it just me, or are a lot more players being DFAed this year than in years prior?
   9. Joshemy Posted: July 29, 2005 at 03:04 AM (#1506753)
no, the Diamondbacks won't get Lastings Milledge

You never know...
   10. 1k5v3L Posted: July 29, 2005 at 02:18 PM (#1507293)
From the AZ rag:

At least two major league teams called the Diamondbacks on Thursday to inquire about center fielder Jose Cruz Jr., who was designated for assignment.

The Diamondbacks could possibly work a trade involving Cruz, as they technically hold his rights for nine more days.


Phew. I was worried the only team interested in Cruz would be the Chiba Lotte.

Good call on the technicalities, Mr. Journalist. I was so wondering about that.
   11. base ball chick Posted: July 29, 2005 at 03:08 PM (#1507411)
Posted by levski on July 28, 2005 at 07:01 PM (#1506142)
For what it's worth, I heard that the Astros had called for Tony Clark. Supposedly AZ asked for Astacio and were rebuffed.

one day, IF i ever get to heaven and IF we are allowed to ask Him questions, i'm gonna wanna know WHY the astros organization is so in love with this for shtt pitcher
   12. Smiling Joe Hesketh Posted: July 29, 2005 at 03:22 PM (#1507440)
The Red Sox could indeed use Cruz right about now.

Cruz' BABIP is only .228 this season; that screams fluke to me. There's no way he's as bad as a .213 BA suggests.
   13. 1k5v3L Posted: July 29, 2005 at 04:54 PM (#1507693)
Rumor de jour has Cruz Jr going to the Astros. Makes some sense, as they could use someone in RF/LF, and Jose Cruz Sr. is there already. I wonder if AZ will manage to snag an interesting arm from the Astros...
   14. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: July 31, 2005 at 03:28 AM (#1512008)
Posted by Biff is just Biff on July 28, 2005 at 07:41 PM (#1506231)
Couldn't the Red Sox use Cruz Jr. all of a sudden, with Nixon's injury? It'd sure be better than Millar in right...


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