In 1996, Jose Cruz Jr., as a member of the Lancaster Jethawks, signed a baseball for me. I always thought that was nice of him – and he’s always been on my radar since.
Today, I just saw that he was DFA’ed.
You know, if you use the finer sabermetric measures, you will see that he was about a league average batter in 2002, 2003 and 2004. And, this year, allowing for the filters that sabermetrics provide, he has been slightly below average with the stick so far. Not good – but, not flat out terrible.
Now, you have to wonder why he’s been on four different teams in the last four years. But, if you can get past that, and if you feel that he’s a decent glove/arm in CF, and you’re the Yankees, would you not take a chance on this player? He’s only 31-years-old.
Unless someone knows that something has now robbed him of his skills, or knows for a fact that he’s a clubhouse cancer, why not pick him up – esp. considering that he’ll come cheap?