The Luis Cruz Saga Mercifully Comes to an End

luis_cruz_looks_inLuis Cruz is a human being with a family and friends and feelings, and know that I’m aware of that. That said…

LUIS CRUZ IS DFA’DDD YESSSSS FINALLLY YES YES YESSSS! FINALLLY THANK YOU FINALLY!

Now I feel kind of bad about that, because by all indications Cruz was a nice enough guy who had a surprisingly fun run over the last six weeks of last season, making him a flashpoint between “uh, he was stuck in the minors for 12 years for a reason” and “WHOOO CRUZ IS BEST!” With the Dodgers unable to upgrade at third base and unwilling to commit — at first, anyway — to Juan Uribe, they reluctantly turned to Cruz again, and it just really couldn’t have gone worse.

And by “couldn’t have gone worse,” I mean that – he’s the worst hitter in baseball this year. If not for the endless infield injuries to Hanley Ramirez and Mark Ellis and Jerry Hairston and the failures of Dee Gordon and Justin Sellers to stick, Cruz would have been gone long ago. Today, finally, as Scott Van Slyke is reinstated is the day. In the last 20 days, Cruz has five starts and one hit. It’s time. It’s beyond time.

I’ve always found this to be a pretty difficult situation, as I’ve said a few times here going back, because it put me in a tough spot as far as rooting interest. Obviously, I’m a Dodger fan, so I wanted more than anything for him to produce and help the team win. But I’m also a baseball writer, and pretty much everything I know about this game said that he was almost certainly going to be a flash in the pan.

Or as I said in January

For the sake of winning Dodgers baseball, I sincerely hope we’re wrong about Cruz in 2013. For the sake of being able to trust any of our objective analysis in the future, it’d be a small measure of relief if we’re not. And for the sake of having different types of Dodger fans not be at each other’s throats, I hope it’s a happy medium — preferably one that involves having Cruz being a useful utility player while a more reliable option is in the starting lineup.

That didn’t happen, unfortunately. Of course, I’d have been more than happy to eat crow every single day if it had meant better production out of the third base black hole.

But I’ll say this… there’s a better than even chance we haven’t seen the last of him. The Dodgers have ten days to trade or release Cruz, and I can’t imagine anyone is going to bother to check in on him. They can then try to send him back to Triple-A, and if he accepts, he’ll probably go there and mash in Albuquerque, because that’s what happens there. Then he’ll come back up when rosters expand in September, be good for three weeks, and we’ll start this whole cycle again in the winter. Just you wait.

For now… finally.

398 comments
noeldlt
noeldlt

If Cruz were a pitcher, where would he have ranked offensively?

o0b00tz0o
o0b00tz0o

somebody gif Ethier blowing that bubble and it popping.

JoeyE
JoeyE

matt harvey, the new roy halladay and felix. great pitcher stuck in futility 

P_F_P
P_F_P

Cruz will always be the one bright spot of 2012 and the only positive thing I'll ever look back in that disgustingly disappointingly painful waste of a baseball season. Adios Luis, DO NOT SIGN WITH THE GIANTS.

Pizza Guy
Pizza Guy

Can't fucking wait until next Friday when I can see Puig making Giants fans cry in person.

JoeyE
JoeyE

it'll be funny when ned trades for crain when he could have signed him instead of guerrier 

Pizza Guy
Pizza Guy

How does pronounce Joc? Is it Joke? Jock? Yolk? 

JoeyE
JoeyE

im thinking the FO is going to try and get Chris Sale in a Jesse Crain deal

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Game over. Final score 19-10.

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

Does anyone else think Joc and Lee could BOTH be Dodgers by the offseason?

JoeyE
JoeyE

im in my daily hate ned mood :/

efb
efb

One hour til game time!

JoeyE
JoeyE

would be nice for retro lefty killer matty to show up tonight. he's looked awesome since his return

Professor Towel
Professor Towel

@JoeyE  bit early to say that. the Mets have been a joke recently but they'll have some decent financial flexibility not too far off.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@IBBFTW  although the keyboard isn't backlit on the right side for me from when i spilled a beer on it. 

Professor Towel
Professor Towel

@JoeyE  @Catfishin Rockies actually have a positive run differential, and the Giants are always a threat to go one some crazy streak...