Jul
03

Update: Yankees sign Luis Cruz

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4:08pm: Guess what? Cruz is with the team according to Mark Feinsand. He could be replacing Jayson Nix, who seems headed for the DL with a hamstring problem. The Yankees have an open 40-man spot for Cruz.

12:53am: Disregard. Cruz said on Twitter he has not signed with the Yankees and is still looking for an opportunity somewhere.

12:29am: Via Jaime Jarrin: The Yankees have signed infielder Luis Cruz to what I assume is a minor league contract. The Dodgers designated him for assignment a few days ago, and he elected free agency on Tuesday after clearing waivers and refusing an assignment to Triple-A.

Cruz, 29, hit .127/.175/.169 (-8 wRC+) in 128 plate appearances for Los Angeles this year. A ridiculous 17.2% (!) of his plate appearances ended with an infield pop-up. That’s outrageous. Cruz hit .297/.322/.431 (107 wRC+) in 296 plate appearances for the Dodgers just last year, and he’s a career .240/.277/.328 (64 wRC+) hitter in parts of five big league seasons. He is an excellent defender with experience at the three non-first base infield spots, so he has that going for him. The Yankees need all the middle infield depth they can get, so it’s no surprised they pounced on Cruz as soon as he became available.

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52 Comments»

  1. MickeyP says:

    I was hoping they would sign him. I know he’s had a terrible year so far and is probably no more than a marginal upgrade at best( I’m getting tired of these also) but an upgrade is an upgrade.

  2. Canofan1 says:

    Why they have to pick up all the garbage from the others teams? Why?

  3. RetroRob says:

    Him not signing makes more sense, since why would he sign to play for the Yankees AAA club when he just refused to go to the Dodgers AAA club?

  4. Mikhel says:

    He is an asset defensively and his six most recent minor league seasons he has not been as bad (good stats playing winter ball in México which is quite a lot more balanced and strong than summer ball in México, heck, México beat Dominicana in the final of this year’s caribbean series, a marathon game which lasted 18 innings in 7 hours)… he might as well accept going to the NYY AAA since he knows he is blocked in the Dodgers, while with the NYY he could end up playing a bit in the majors.

  5. Mikhel says:

    =)

    It caught me off guard last night when he said it wasn’t true, yet my sources kept confirming he was indeed on the brink of signing (something similar happened months before Adrián was traded from Padres to BoSox, González didn’t know and had to ask his agent to check if it was true he was being shopped by Hoyer in a trip Jed made to Boston… mind you, Adrián was not happy with that move being from Tijuana/San Diego he wanted to keep playing in Southern California).

  6. Duh Injuries says:

    Luis Cruz is a very nice pickup for this reason alone:

    Only 65 SO in 620 career PA, a .1048387 strikeout rate, lower with reach on errors and sacrifice outs.

    He struck only NINE TIMES IN 146 PA in his first two seasons (2008-09.)

    While he has struck out 20 times in 123 PA this season, historically he puts the ball in play (only 45 SO in 455 PA through 2012 for a .098901 SOR, a little less than a strikeout every 10 PA.)

    Also he’s only 29 so he’s neither a kid nor old which is good for a veteran team.

  7. Bwitz says:

    Girardi just said the Yankees, “May have acquired a player” when talking to Beningo and Roberts a few minutes ago. Guessing that this is it. Was hoping for something more exciting. Oh well.

  8. Duh Injuries says:

    *struck out 20 times in 123 PA this season.

    He could compete for the 2014 Yankees everyday shortstop job with Eduardo Nunez and Alberto Gonzalez in spring training.

  9. Robinson Tilapia says:

    That does seem downright Brignac-like offensively but, hey, he put up better numbers as recently as last season. Nth string depth often looks like this. Gil Velazquez sheds a tear.

    Doesn’t it seem like we keep on signing the same guy, John?

    • The Real Greg says:

      Now I might have to throw a caution and say that last year, his BaBIP was .320. This year it is .143, so it might be the counter.

  10. Preston says:

    Plus defender at 2b, SS, and 3b, hit better than league average last year. Let’s hope a change of scenary makes him a better option than Adams/Nix/Gonzalez.

  11. Zanath says:

    Jayson Nix to the DL proves that we should assume a DL stint is required everytime the Yankees say it is not.

    • forensic says:

      That’s already been proven time and time again. At least this time they didn’t sit with yet another dead spot on the roster for a week before (apparently) making the move. Of course, if the roster wasn’t already terribly constructed, they probably would’ve waited longer.

    • TomH says:

      “Jayson Nix to the DL proves that we should assume” there is a voodoo doll, dressed in pinstripes, and chock full of pins, somewhere in NYS

    • trr says:

      Sure seems that way

  12. forensic says:

    Still signing the same guy over and over, though arguably getting a touch worse each time.

    It’s not right when your team is in bad enough shape that losing Jayson freakin’ Nix actually is a loss and downgrade.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Could be an outlier but have you checked Cruz’s stats last year?

      I would say that that season is better than anything Nix has ever done

      • forensic says:

        And Reid Brignac had his 2009 and 2010.

        Blind squirrel…

        • Cool Lester Smooth says:

          Yes, Brignac was worse offensively in both 2009 and 2010 than Cruz was in 2012.

          Do you have a point?

          • The Real Greg says:

            That’s what I was going to say.

            We’re talking about over 100 wRC+ last year. You can’t scoff at that.

          • forensic says:

            Just barely. 105 OPS+ vs. 95 and 92 and .753 OPS vs. .746 OPS.

            But I’m sure his MLB numbers (.535 OPS/44 OPS+) before that year, after that year, and his MiLB numbers of not breaking a .723 OPS until 2011 are the “outliers” and that one year is the real thing.

            • Cool Lester Smooth says:

              I’m not saying that’s who he is, I’m just saying that he has shown the capacity to be better than Brignac.

  13. trr says:

    In the end I don’t see this as any great shakes, but with the bench so depleted we needed to add somebody fast I would’ve thought they’d bring up Lillibridge, but this looks like the move -

  14. JLC 776 says:

    What the hell? A few hours ago I was kind of happy that we weren’t going down this road again!

    Well… here’s to hoping for that ‘change of scenery’…

  15. Dalek Jeter says:

    Okay, I said in the last thread that they should bring up Lillibridge in light of the Nix injury, but this makes just as much sense….now I would option down Warren/Nova once it’s clear that Hiroki only is going to miss the one start and call up Neal (or Musty or Boesch if their healthy.)

  16. Bo Knows says:

    Update: 5:00pm turns out he was signed since last year and veryone plum forgot about it qlso he has actually been dead the whole time

    What a twist

  17. LarryM Fl says:

    We just signed a guy hitting.127. Call up Fred “chicken” Stanley. See if he is alive maybe he can play. He played about 9 years with the Yankees back in the 60′s. His lifetime BA. was .216 or so. As kids we laughed at his batting average. It appeared the pitchers could knock the bat out of his hands. Now we are looking for Cruz at .127. Come on! No mas. No mas. Go down to AA whatever for two weeks. This scrap pile crap is getting to me.

  18. Fin says:

    LOL, great they picked up a guy who hits worse than Adams. I’m filing this under the who cares. Another below replacement level infielder to join a team full of them.

  19. ctrob says:

    Cruz starting SS tonight.

  20. Larrym Fl says:

    The leftside of the infield is hitting a respectfully .189 or so at 3rd and .127 at shortstop. There is nothing more to say! The farm system is so barren that we can not bring someone up. I know it is not a short term fix since the injury takes about 4-6 weeks. But, this is a team of castoffs.

  21. WhittakerWalt says:

    The reacquisition of Wil Nieves cannot be far off.

  22. kerompe says:

    That VooDoo doll must be sitting in the Red Sox dugout

  23. Cuso says:

    Is it wrong of me to just be grateful that our newest middle infielder isn’t a white guy?

    I don’t know. Does this make me a bigot?

    • Electric Nunez II says:

      Substitute, say, “black” for “white” in your query and you can answer your own question…

  24. Ken says:

    Ramiro Pena looks pretty good after all. I miss him.

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