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Saturday, November 05, 2005

Dodgers - Signed Cruz Jr.

Los Angeles Dodgers - Signed CF

OF Jose Cruz Jr. to a 1-year contract with an option for 2007.

This one is worth $2.91 million guaranteed with an addition $300K in incentives.  It’s still hard to tell where the Dodgers are going this offseason - they still don’t have a GM or a known organizational philosophy, so it’s hard to take a guess at what they’re doing.  There’s no chance now that Cruz will ever be the star he looked to like he could early on in his career (though the inevitable comparisons to Griffey were completely unwarranted at the time), but he’s a decent stopgap corner outfielder and a fine 4th outfielder.  And unlike most of the rest of the team, he was at least able to wear a uniform instead of a hospital gown after the Dodgers picked him up from the Red Sox for Tony Schrager.

One thing that is worrisome about this signing is if the Dodgers consider him to be a potential centerfielder.  The team may want to put Drew in left to try to protect him (though he believes center is safer for him) and if they dump Bradley for pennies on the dollar at the winter meetings, then Cruz may just be plan C.  There really aren’t any good centerfielders available other than Damon, who I think will be Shannon Stewart in 2 years.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Jacque Jones ended up a Dodger.

2006 ZiPS Projection - Jose Cruz Jr.
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AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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477 61 112 23 3 20 68 77 114   5 .235 .340 .421

 

Dan Szymborski Posted: November 05, 2005 at 06:40 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Robert S. Posted: November 05, 2005 at 07:22 AM (#1719785)
One thing that is worrisome about this signing is if the Dodgers consider him to be a potential centerfielder.

I would be shocked if this isn't exactly the reason he was signed.

Someone please tell me that Byrnes is Bradley's biggest fan?
   2. Dr. Vaux Posted: November 05, 2005 at 09:29 AM (#1719830)
Who the hell is running the Dodgers right now, anyway? Lasorda? McCourt?Ng?
   3. Craig in MN Posted: November 05, 2005 at 03:30 PM (#1719870)
Wasn't Cruz playing injured for a good portion of the year? How's his health?
   4. The Answer to the TWolves (GMoney) Posted: November 05, 2005 at 03:36 PM (#1719871)
There really aren't any good centerfielders available other than Damon, who I think will be Shannon Stewart in 2 years.


Torii Hunter in a trade? And damn will I be happy when Shannon and his empty batting average is done with the Twins after this season.
   5. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: November 05, 2005 at 06:50 PM (#1719987)
Who the hell is running the Dodgers right now, anyway? Lasorda? McCourt?Ng?
Ng. She also handled the Dodgers' half of the Elmer Dessens' move. (Team exercises its half of mutal option, player says "I'm outta here.")
Not to sound like Gammo but... If the Dodgers keep Bradley, and if Drew's wrist heals, Ledee, Cruz and Werth (entering his age 27 season) can produce as the 3-4-5 outfielders. Even better if Ledee and Cruz are more like the third-and-a-half outfielders.
   6. Greg Franklin Posted: November 05, 2005 at 09:01 PM (#1720060)
XTRA says Cruz to RF, Drew to CF, and Bradley dumped for pennies on the dollar, as Dan puts it.

Wasn't Cruz playing injured for a good portion of the year? How's his health?

With the back, pretty much. He wasn't able to play CF in Arizona (which didn't stop the Snakes from playing him there). So that's why he moved to a corner position in LA.
   7. Bob T Posted: November 05, 2005 at 10:06 PM (#1720103)
Cruz was part of the famous Dodger outfield that in a game at Dodger Stadium against Colorado saw each member of the outfield make an error in the same inning.

Ledee in left, Werth in center and Cruz in right.

Rockies second. Gonzalez infield single to third. On Jackson's wild pitch, Gonzalez to second. Mohr walked on a full count. Ardoin was hit by a pitch, Gonzalez to third, Mohr to second. S.Kim popped out to second baseman Kent. Barmes singled to left, Gonzalez scored, Mohr scored, Ardoin to second. On Ledee's error, Ardoin to third, Barmes to second. Sullivan hit a sacrifice fly, safe on Cruz Jr.'s fielding error, Ardoin scored, Barmes to third. Helton doubled to center, Barmes scored, Sullivan to third. Dessens pitching. Holliday singled to center, Sullivan scored, Helton to third. On Werth's error, Helton scored, Holliday to second. Atkins grounded out, shortstop Robles to first baseman Myrow, Holliday to third. Gonzalez grounded out, shortstop Robles to first baseman Myrow.

6 runs, 4 hits, 3 errors, 1 left on. Rockies 6, Dodgers 0.
   8. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 08, 2005 at 11:14 PM (#1724318)
"Who the hell is running the Dodgers right now, anyway? Lasorda?"

If there's any justice, it's Tommy, and every cubic litre of blame will end up soaking into his lap.

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