Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 7/28/14
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 Luis Cruz as their starting third baseman. By the end of April it was clear the gamble wasn't going to pay off, Cruz batting just .089. 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 Scott Van Slyke off the disabled list. 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 m...
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