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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
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.
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