Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Welcome Aboard Juan Cruz

Once again, Ruben Amaro has made "juan" of the best minor league contract signings of the offseason in the form of relief pitcher Juan Cruz (Juan Pierre in 2012).

If Cruz appears in a Phillies uniform during the 2013 season, he will officially become a Phucco (Phillie + Bucco).  Last year he was with the Pirates and pitched in 43 games with a 2.78 ERA, although he did have an unsightly 1.63 WHIP.  Over his 12 year career, Juan has pitched for the Cubs, Braves, A's, Diamondbacks, Royals, Rays, and with Pittsburgh. The 34 year old right-hander owns a 38-36 record over 447 G, 655 IP, with 659 K, a 4.05 ERA, and 1.40 WHIP.  He's an excellent veteran to have in the system should one of the Phillies young bullpen arms falter or become injured.

Is this Amaro's counteraction to the Nationals signing Rafael Soriano?

Maybe this is the guy who pushes the team over the 87 win mark that some of our loyal readers think the 2013 squad will eclipse.  Ha, ha, ha...that's laughable.

11 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Phils signed Aaron Cook. Post forthcoming on that tomorrow.

Ben said...

I think there's a big difference between the Phillies on paper and what they will actually achieve because they're so old. If everyone stays healthy, they will win more than 87 games. If, as is more likely, a lot of players miss significant time, they won't. I'd put them at about 85 wins myself, but if they can stay healthy they may creep up into the 89-90 win range and make the playoffs. All depends on injuries.

SirAlden said...

GM-Carson Under
SirAlden Over
Ben Under

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SirAlden said...

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GM-Carson said...

Phillies interested in Ryan Theriot. Better be another minor league deal because there really isn't room for him on the 25 man roster.

Bob D said...

Over

Ben said...

The Nationals decided to be merciful and traded Morse to Seattle. Not that that will stop them from winning 100+ games and raping and pillaging the National League.

SirAlden said...

GM-Carson Under
SirAlden Over
Ben Under
Bob D Over

Chase Trillo said...

The Phils should grab Theriot. I doubt he goes anywhere on a minor league deal though. I don't see a reason Mauricio Robles needs to stay on the 40-man roster at the expense of Theriot.

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