Rays go back to the future with Juan Cruz

Posted: February 4, 2011 in Bullpen

The Tampa Bay Rays have added Juan Cruz to pitch in the reconstructed bullpen. Its a move that might capture lightning in a bottle, but I would of liked this move a lot better eight years ago.

Juan Cruz came up through the Cubs system as a starting pitcher. We always heard about his great stuff but he was never really able to capitalize on his talent.   The Cubs eventually had to give up on him as a starter and he was moved to the pen where he has had a journey man like career.

I see this as a stop gap type of move that fills a roster spot until the Rays decide to audition some of their young arms up to the big club. But, what do you expect as the market is dried up for bullpen talent and they might of been better off waiting for a player who is a casualty of a roster spot this spring with one of the other clubs.   I wonder if Jesse Orosco would be talked out of retirement ?


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