Pirates Designate Juan Cruz For Assignment

The Pirates announced that they designated reliever Juan Cruz for assignment. They placed Jordy Mercer on the paternity list and recalled right-hander Kyle McPherson and left-hander Justin Wilson in related moves.

Though Cruz pitched effectively for Pittsburgh, the Pirates needed fresh arms following yesterday's 19-inning game against the Cardinals. The 33-year-old appeared in 43 games for the Pirates, posting a 2.78 ERA with 8.3 K/9 and 4.8 BB/9 in 35 2/3 innings. He signed a one-year, $1.25MM contract with the team this past offseason. 

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  1. D.j. Wilson 3 years ago

    Why? He has great numbers…

    • K.K. Kilmister 3 years ago

      Because the Pirates needed fresh arms following yesterday’s 19-inning game against the Cardinals.

      • EdinsonPickle 3 years ago

        That game was a doozy, wasn’t it?

        • K.K. Kilmister 3 years ago

          Every time I see a long game like that, I like checking to see if any hitters ended up pitching or any pitchers had to play the field, but they made it work.

        • nebelski 3 years ago

          I watched 18 innings and gave up. Dang it!!!! HAHA

    • Todd Smith 3 years ago

      Not really, he’s been hit hard all year, but usually manages to get out of jams. 39 hits and 19 walks in 35 IP. The Pirates have better options at AAA – even beyond Wilson and McPherson.

      • nebelski 3 years ago

        I guess you’re right… His ERA is probably way low.

  2. camerondatzker 3 years ago

    I think that The SF Giants should pick up Pitcher Juan Cruz. Cruz has a great ERA and is a innings pitcher. I would waive Brad should retire Penny.

  3. Todd Smith 3 years ago

    Glad to see McPherson get called up. The Pirates were starting to run a little low on the Mcs after getting rid of McLouth and McGehee.

  4. bucsfan12 3 years ago

    Cruz was not good, don’t let his era fool you. he constantly had other relievers bailing him out, and his whip is 1.63

  5. itsmewade 3 years ago

    Why can’t this guy catch a break? Always signs 1-year deals. Gets DFA’d with a sub 3 ERA. Doesn’t have a huge salary. This is the same guy who couldn’t get a contract because he was a Type A free agent. What am I missing?

    • nebelski 3 years ago

      I know! I’ve really enjoyed watching him for the Pirates this year! Unless I’m missing something, he’s sure to be claimed, right? Something about this doesn’t seem right…

    • He’s not a bad guy to have out of the pen, but he does put a lot of guys on base – doesn’t seem to bother him much; but those guys begin to score eventually.

    • formerdraftpick 3 years ago

      If you look at Juan prior to when he took the leave of absence, he was great, but has now become subpar. Plus, the Pirates have too many people exposed to Rule 5 this coming year where they are going to need to make related moves.

  6. I’d imagine McPherson will only be up until Wednesday, when Leroux will be back on four days rest. Honestly can’t understand why they promoted both tonight’s and tomorrow night’s AAA starters, only to go with Correia (after two innings last night). At least Wilson is finally up. I expected one of him or Locke to be in the rotation by now, given the inconsistency of Bedard.

  7. bigpat 3 years ago

    He puts way too many guys on base, feels like it’s pulling teeth every inning he comes in. He’s still probably better than Chad Qualls though. I’m disappointed with how badly management judged the bullpen at the deadline, they certainly should have done some things to upgrade it or held onto Lincoln, but Snider may end up pretty good.

    • Snider is certainly a better bet then any relief arm, but that trade is easier to make because we have so many pitchers in AAA, including these 2 guys brought up today. Have to trade from your position of strength, and getting a guy with a 30+ homer upside is a no brainer.

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