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Pirates release veteran reliever Juan Cruz

Aug 23, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

Juan Cruz

Juan Cruz was plenty useful for the Pirates on a one-year, $1.25 million deal, throwing 36 innings with a 2.78 ERA and 33/19 K/BB ratio, but today they released the 33-year-old reliever.

Cruz was designated for assignment after blowing a save in Sunday’s marathon game against the Cardinals and cleared waivers, at which point he elected to become a free agent rather than reporting to Triple-A.

Cruz didn’t pitched as well as his 2.78 ERA would suggest, but he’s generally been a pretty solid middle reliever over the years and has a 3.42 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 84 innings since the beginning of last season.

  1. surefooted1 - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    He should find work with a contender pretty quick.

    • redguy12588 - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      Unless teams learned how to use the splits tab on espn.com. He hasn’t been useful since June, and a 1.6 WHIP does not a good reliever make.

      • dan1111 - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:45 AM

        Luckily for him, I’m pretty sure not all teams have learned how to do that.

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