Royals avoid arbitration with Dyson, Coleman, Cruz deals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals have signed outfielder Jarrod Dyson, right-hander Louis Coleman and catcher Tony Cruz to one-year contracts, avoiding arbitration. Dyson received a raise from $1.225 million last year to $1.725 million this season. He's in the mix to be one of the Royals' primary outfielders, along with Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain. Coleman will make $750,000...
Via Associated Press
January 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Show Me State swap: Royals acquire Cruz from Cardinals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals have acquired backup catcher Tony Cruz from the St. Louis Cardinals for minor-league infielder Jose Martinez while designating catcher Francisco Pena for assignment.The teams announced the trade Wednesday.Cruz hit .204 with two homers and 11 RBI in 69 games for the Cardinals in 2015. The 29-year-old, who can also play third base, could compete with...
Via Associated Press
December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals exchange Catcher for Infielder

KANSAS CITY, MO. (December 2, 2015) – The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have acquired catcher/infielder Tony Cruz from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for minor league infielder Jose Martinez. Cruz, 29, spent the entire 2015 season with the Cardinals, batting .204 with seven doubles, two homers and 11 RBI in 69 games.  He caught 51 games for the Redbirds and...
Via i70baseball
December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals sign Brayan Pena; Is Tony Cruz out?

Jordan Zimmerman’s signing with the Tigers yesterday, might have been the match to light the Hot Stove for this offseason. The St. Louis Cardinals have signed catcher Brayan Pena to a two year deal. The contract is worth a total of $5 million. From what it looks like, Tony Cruz is officially out as the Cardinals back up catcher. However, Mike Matheny has had three catchers on...
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals: The surprising efficiency of Tony Cruz

When Yadier Molina went down in Chicago, St. Louis Cardinals fans collectively groaned and for good reason. Molina is the heart and soul of this team, and he affects them in many ways. Part of that sadness comes from the fact that the team doesn’t employ an exciting backup option. There are no rock n’ roll lead singers ready to rock the back of the plate for this team any time...
Via STLSportsMinute
October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Let’s Try Something New With Kozma And Cruz

The Cardinals sport the best record in baseball and will be playing games in October because, you know, that’s what they do. Meanwhile, 29 other teams are in fights of varying winability for postseason positions. Unfortunately, not everyone can make the tournament. Some franchises are worse than others when it comes to competing for championships. To wit… The following teams...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Why are Tony Cruz and Pete Kozma still on the Cardinals?

Excuse me while I complain about the team with the best record in baseball(and fans for that matter, according to popular opinion and Deadspin). The St. Louis Cardinals have won a lot of games(63 to be exact) and when a writer picks at that shiny emblem of greatness, he can be scolded. As I wrote a couple of weeks ago via KSDK, John Mozeliak’s roster management is troubling at...
Via STLSportsMinute
July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Tony Cruz is a hero again as Cardinals hit three homers to beat Reds

ST. LOUIS -- Tony Cruz hit a three-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals connected three times, beating the Cincinnati Reds, 8-4, on Saturday night and moving closer to their fourth straight playoff berth. The Cardinals cut their magic number to one for clinching a postseason berth. The magic number is six for their second NL Central title in a row. Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk...
Via Associated Press
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Tony Cruz uses 'The Wolf of Wall Street' chant for walk-up music

Your browser does not support iframes.St. Louis Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz used the chest-beating chant from the movie "The Wolf of Wall Street" as his walk-up music for his ninth inning at-bat during Monday night's game against Tampa Bay.Definitely an unusual choice, to say the least. However, it didn't seem to work for him last night, as Cruz struck out looking. Video via MLB...
Via Holdout Sports
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

How do Cardinals replace Yadier Molina?

Short answer:  You can't.The Cardinals playoff chances took a big hit today as the team found out that starting catcher Yadier Molina would miss 8-12 weeks after suffering a ligament tear in his right thumb. That timetable puts him out until mid-to-late September, effectively ending his season, although he could be back in time for the playoffs (if the Cards make it).This is the...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

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