January 16, 2008
For the past two seasons a case could be made that one of the most valuable members of the Arizona Diamondbacks bullpen was Juan Cruz. During the 2006 season Cruz began the season as a reliever but soon found himself forced into the starting rotation. His starts were somewhat inconsistent but he did provide a solid 5 or 6 innings where in most cases the Diamondbacks were in a position to win. Last season Juan was moved back into the bullpen where he flourished as both a long reliever and as someone who could get the team to that all important seventh inning when the game could be handed over to the trio of Tony Pena, Brandon Lyon, and Jose Valverde. Cruz who is eligible for salary arbitration avoided that process when he signed a one-year contract with the Diamondbacks today.