The Rockies are showing interest in Royals reliever Juan Cruz, reports Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star. Joe Beimel was named as a Rockies target as well recently, in the wake of Huston Street's shoulder injury.
Last year the Royals signed Cruz on February 28th, as the hard-throwing reliever was hampered by his Type A status. The Royals ultimately gave up the #60 pick in the draft and inked Cruz to a two-year, $6MM deal with a club option for 2011. Though he continued to throw 94 mph in his first season with Kansas City, Cruz's strikeout rate disappeared as he dealt with a shoulder strain.
Cruz has $3.75MM remaining on his contract, so the Royals would presumably have to eat salary to make a deal happen.