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Rays ink reliever Juan Cruz to minor league contract

Feb 3, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

Juan Cruz

Juan Cruz is back in business.

According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the Rays have inked the 32-year-old reliever to a minor league contract.

Cruz made it through only five appearances with the Royals last season before his shoulder gave out and he was forced to undergo season-ending surgery.  He’s all healed now, but he may have to do some proving in the minor leagues before the Rays trust him in the big league bullpen.

Cruz, a righty, posted a rough 5.72 ERA and 1.49 WHIP over 46 appearances in 2009, his last full season.  He did have some success as a setup man in the Diamondbacks’ bullpen from 2006-2008.  There might be something left.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Feb 3, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    Remember when he was a Type-A free agent after his time in Arizona and no one would sign him b/c of the compensation.

    …yeah, that right there is reason numero uno why that figures to either disappear completely and/or get drastically modified in the next CBA.

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