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Juan Cruz signs minor-league deal with Pirates

Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:48 pm
By Matt Snyder

The Pirates have signed free agent relief pitcher Juan Cruz to a minor-league contract with a spring training invite, the club announced Wednesday afternoon.


Cruz, 33, will now join his seventh team in 12 big-league seasons, should he make the team. He spent last season with the Rays, where he had the good fortune of going 5-0 -- which, as a reliever doesn't really mean much -- with a 3.88 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 46 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings. He's been inconsistent season to season in his career, as Cruz was very effective in 2004 and 2008 while being awful in 2005 and 2009, with several other seasons falling in between.

Should Cruz make the roster, he won't be ticketed for a late-inning role. The Pirates have Joel Hanrahan locked in as the closer with Evan Meek and Jason Grilli setting up.

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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 7:28 pm

Juan Cruz signs minor-league deal with Pirates

The Pirates need all the pitching help they can get. With Hanrahan closing he could be in line for emergency when that vaunted pitching staff breaks down

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:20 pm

Juan Cruz signs minor-league deal with Pirates

I hope that Cruz make the roster, Pirates could use another good pitcher

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