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Russ CanzlerOn Tuesday morning the Indians announced that they acquired infielder/outfielder Russ Canzler from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations. The Rays had designated him for assignment on January 27th after they signed infielder Jeff Keppinger, and he is now on the Indians 40-man roster. He assumed the spot vacated by Fausto Carmona who was put on the restricted list last week.Canzler, 25, was the MVP this past season of the International League at Triple-A Durham. Last season he hit .314 (149-for-474) with 40 doubles, 4 triples, 18 home runs, 83 RBI and .931 OPS in 131 games. He was a midseason and postseason All Star and led the the league in doubles (40) and slugging pct. (.530), finished tied for second in runs (78), third in hits (149), fourth in batting average (.314), fifth in RBI (83) and second in on-base pct. (.401) and total bases (251). He showed some versatility last season as he appeared in 41 games in right field, 33 games in left field, 40 games at th...
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The Bucs inked reliever Juan Cruz to a minor league deal (with an invite to Spring Training) on Wednesday.
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Queries about the Indians' bullpen, Fausto Carmona, free agency and the club's ability to be competitive flooded the Inbox this week. Beat reporter Jordan Bastian provides his insight to these topics and more.
Right-hander Juan Cruz, a valuable member of Tampa Bay's bullpen last season, has been signed to a Minor League contract by the Pirates, a deal that includes an invitation to Spring Training.
The Cleveland Indians have acquired versatile Russ Canzler, last year's MVP of the International League, from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash.
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Juan Cruz, 33, went 5-0 with a 3.88 ERA in 56 relief outings last season for the Tampa Bay Rays. The right-hander also has pitched in the majors for the Chicago Cubs, Altana Braves, Oakland A's, Arizona Diamondbacks and Kansas City Royals.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed reliever Juan Cruz to a minor league contract and will invite him to spring training. The 33-year-old Cruz went 5-0 with a 3.88 ERA in 56 relief appearances with Tampa Bay last season. He's previously pitched for the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks and the Kansas City Royals.