Here's a day most everyone had seen coming since, oh, April.
The Dodgers knew they were gambling going into the off-season, counting on
Things got no better in the next two months, so on Friday the Dodgers finally did what seemed inevitable, designating Cruz for assignment to activate
Cruz, a journeyman infielder who earned the Dodgers' shaky trust after hitting an unexpected .297 in the second half last season, never could get it going this year. He had started only twice in the last 12 games and hadn't played since June 19.
Cruz, 29, can become a free agent if the Dodgers cannot find a trade partner and he then clears waivers.
But since he’s batting only .127, with .175 slugging and .169 on-base percentages, it's safe to say the market will be on the thin side. After clearing waivers, he could accept a minor league deal with the Dodgers, if it’s offered, as
Cruz was a brief sensation last year, but had been a hole in their roster all this season. He looked exactly like a guy who had bounced around the minors for 12 seasons. Injuries to other players kept Cruz around longer than logic dictated, but with the roster getting closer to full strength, Cruz was done.
The addition of Van Slyke, who had been on the disabled list since June 11 with shoulder