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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Dodgers - Acquired Cruz Jr.

Los Angeles Dodgers - Acquired OF Jose Cruz Jr. from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named.

If anyone wants to get the Red Sox a Christmas present, a gift basket of Wellbutrin might be appreciated.  Dan O’Dowd only wishes he could go through plans as quickly as the aught-five Red Stockings.  At some point this offseason, Henry really needs to decide who’s in charge in the front office - while it’s nice to have differing opinions on baseball matters, the Sox have managed to get the worst of both worlds.

The Dodgers aren’t crying though as they’ll pick up Cruz essentially for free.  Cruz ain’t great as we all know, but unlike most Dodgers, his body parts are all connected to each other.

2005 ZiPS Projection - Jose Cruz Jr.
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Period     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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Actual ‘05 214 23   46 10 2 12 28 43 58   0 .215 .345 .449
Rest ‘05   132 17   30   6 1   6 20 21 32   1 .227 .333 .424
——————————————————————————————————
Total ‘05 346 40   76 16 3 18 48 64 90   1 .220 .341 .439

 

Dan Szymborski Posted: August 10, 2005 at 02:02 PM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Larry Bowa Posted: August 10, 2005 at 02:33 PM (#1535580)
There just has to be something more to the 1 week flirtation with Cruz than we're getting in the press. My sources aren't talking.
   2. 1k5v3L Posted: August 10, 2005 at 02:36 PM (#1535586)
his body parts are all connected to each other.

with duct tape. his back is in three zip codes right now.
   3. Bob T Posted: August 10, 2005 at 02:37 PM (#1535593)
I smell pennant!

No wait, that's something I else I smell....
   4. Dan Szymborski Posted: August 10, 2005 at 02:49 PM (#1535639)
with duct tape. his back is in three zip codes right now.

Duct tape is awesome stuff.
   5. Hack Wilson Posted: August 10, 2005 at 02:52 PM (#1535649)
When I see this phrase for a player to be named. these days I assume the player is going to be selling his naming rights. This guy might turn out to be "ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC."
   6. 50PoundHead Posted: August 10, 2005 at 04:08 PM (#1535847)
Or the player to be named hasn't been born yet. Even with the uncertainty in that scenario, it may be that the Red Sox still got the better end of the deal.
   7. NoName Posted: August 10, 2005 at 05:13 PM (#1536043)
The LA Times quotes DePodesta as saying that the player to be named will not be a major leaguer but could be from the 40 man roster.
   8. Artie Ziff Posted: August 10, 2005 at 06:10 PM (#1536209)
It made no sense for Boston to get Cruz, Jr. in the first place. This seems a little more acceptable.
   9. Christian (ruz) Posted: August 10, 2005 at 06:20 PM (#1536261)
Dan, who do you think is involved in the decision-making process in Boston besides Epstein?
   10. TomH Posted: August 10, 2005 at 07:12 PM (#1536485)
Years from now, the odds of me remembering that Jose Cruz Jr was property of the Red Sox for 11 days, during which time he scored and drove in zero runs....are vanishingly small.
   11. philly Posted: August 10, 2005 at 07:49 PM (#1536706)
At some point this offseason, Henry really needs to decide who's in charge in the front office - while it's nice to have differing opinions on baseball matters, the Sox have managed to get the worst of both worlds.

You realize they're currently in first place and the defending WS champions, right?
   12. Flynn Posted: August 11, 2005 at 12:22 AM (#1537449)
Dan, who do you think is involved in the decision-making process in Boston besides Epstein?

Lucchino seems to be PE#1 on that subject.
   13. Bob T Posted: August 11, 2005 at 12:28 AM (#1537462)
For those of you who truly care, Mike Edwards sent back down to Las Vegas to make room for Cruz.

I have a feeling that Cruz will be patrolling one of the corner outfield positions for the Boys in Blue tonight.

It should be stirring to see the Dawn of the Jose Cruz, Jr. Era in Los Angeles. I think it will resemble the Darren Lewis Era.
   14. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 11, 2005 at 01:22 AM (#1537532)
RFD, Bob.
   15. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: August 11, 2005 at 03:15 AM (#1537788)
Any chance that the Cruz acquisition by the Dodgers was a surreptitious three-way deal? In other words, Boston and LA agree to terms that leave the Sox with a prospect that it prefers to the two that they gave up.

As a rival to be the second least sucky team in the NL West, Arizona's not interested in dealing with LA. But DePodesta believes Cruz as a possible improvement over the other corner outfield backups. So he talks Epstein into an exchange in which Boston agrees to look a little foolish in order to avoid aggravating Arizona.
   16. NBarnes Posted: August 11, 2005 at 03:38 AM (#1537834)
How much crow do you have to eat for a prospect? Is it a linear relationship between amount of crow and quality of prospect?
   17. bibigon Posted: August 11, 2005 at 03:56 AM (#1537874)
6-4-3, of all the conspiracy theories I've heard this year, that's my favorite. I mean, I actually think it may be legitimate.


Dan, I think your bashing of this deal is a little bizzare, given that we have no idea who the prospect is, so we don't really know how said prospect would compare to Bono.
   18. GregD Posted: August 11, 2005 at 04:29 AM (#1537937)
The umpires save him from his fourth strikeout of the game...and the pinch runner comes in. Methinks the distinction between having Cruz and having nothing is an awfully thin one.
   19. Dan Szymborski Posted: August 11, 2005 at 01:49 PM (#1538268)
Dan, I think your bashing of this deal is a little bizzare, given that we have no idea who the prospect is, so we don't really know how said prospect would compare to Bono.

Because of the waiver rules, it ain't gonna be much of a prospect unless other teams are feeling really generous.

The problems with the Red Sox front office extend past this trade.
   20. 1k5v3L Posted: August 11, 2005 at 01:56 PM (#1538281)
So he talks Epstein into an exchange in which Boston agrees to look a little foolish in order to avoid aggravating Arizona.

That PTBNL better be a damn good prospect then. A fine consipracy theory, 643. All it's lacking is a reference to steroids and pus from Barry's knee.
   21. bibigon Posted: August 12, 2005 at 04:11 AM (#1540982)

Because of the waiver rules, it ain't gonna be much of a prospect unless other teams are feeling really generous.


I think because of the way that waivers rules work, they can trade any prospect they want and call him a PTBNL.

That's perhaps the entire point of doing it as a PTBNL, so the prospect doesn't need to go through waivers.
   22. Darren Posted: August 13, 2005 at 03:27 AM (#1543227)
According to SOSH, the Red Sox got back Tony Schraeger for Cruz. There goes any theory that this was a planned move by the Sox. Yuck!
   23. philly Posted: August 13, 2005 at 04:29 AM (#1543327)
According to SOSH, the Red Sox got back Tony Schraeger for Cruz. There goes any theory that this was a planned move by the Sox. Yuck!

Don't be a hater.

And learn that we don't call them "unplanned moves of genius", we call them "inspired moves of genius".

I'm tempted to demand you give up your Theo Fanboy Decoder ring, but perhaps that's rash.

Maybe just don't wear it for a couple days?
   24. Quinton McCracken's BFF Posted: August 15, 2005 at 05:03 PM (#1547095)
Rueter was just DFA'ed by the Giants. What's the over/under on Yankees signing him?

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