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Phillies void contract with Juan Cruz

Feb 13, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

Juan Cruz

Juan Cruz signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies last month, but failed to report to camp yesterday because of what general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. called a “miscommunication issue.”

It must have been one helluva miscommunication, because Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Cruz and the Phillies have agreed to “mutually rescind” his contract–which was never officially signed because he didn’t take a physical exam–and the 34-year-old reliever is now a free agent again.

Cruz’s deal included an invitation to spring training and an opt-out clause that allowed him to leave the organization if he wasn’t in the majors by June 1, but apparently he was pessimistic about his odds of making the team after the Phillies signed Chad Durbin. Last season the Pirates released Cruz in August despite a 2.78 ERA in 36 innings because he refused an assignment to the minors.

  1. historiophiliac - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Why do I imagine there were f-bombs flying?

  2. raysfan1 - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Mr Cruz, I have a fool-proof plan for you to never have to play in the minors: retire.

  3. jarathen - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    I initially read this as “Phillies avoid contact with Juan Cruz.”

    It didn’t impact the story much.

  4. DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Oh great! And I just finalized my order for 10,000 red “Cruz Control” T-shirts…..now what the hell am I supposed to do with them?

    • Jeremiah Graves - Feb 13, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      Hold out hope, he could sign with Cincy, Washington, Boston, Texas, Minnesota…or any one of a number of beer league teams that use red as a primary color.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 13, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        True – good thing I did not go with “Juan Phor All!”

  5. gbrim - Feb 13, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    A team that is hungry for pitching and cash strapped could do far worse than Cruz. He is a great innings eater in middle relief, and can even start in a pinch. Just keep him away from the 8th and 9th innings.

  6. jimmywho14 - Feb 13, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    There goes the pennant!

  7. 13arod - Feb 13, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    2.70 era stipied pirites

  8. tone360 - Feb 13, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Looks like has gained some weight… bout a buck-o-nine now?

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