For all those fans who thought lightning would strike twice with Luis Cruz, I get the privilege of saying I told you so. The Dodgers officially announce that Luis Cruz and Matt Guerrier have been designated for assignment.
Guerrier hasn’t been the pitcher he once was over the last couple seasons. He came to the Dodgers as a free agent in the of 2010, but ultimately he has been injury prone, ineffective, and at this point taking up roster space. The move will allow the club to recall right-handed pitcher Chris Withrow from Triple-A Albuquerque, cue the trumpets.
Guerrier posted a 4.80 ERA with 6.3 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 in 34 games for the Dodgers this season. Something the Dodgers simply could not afford to put out there in the late innings any longer. Guerrier was solid in 2011, but struggled over the last two seasons. All-in-all over his three seasons for the Dodgers, Guerrier owns a a 4.24 ERA with 6.5 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 across 120 appearances.
Cruz, 29, has had one productive season in his career. This is also called an anomaly in the world of professional sports. I wish he had saved his anomaly for 2013, but oh well. Cruz and the Dodgers were hoping that Cruz would build on his success in 2012, but even Mattingly’s gut was telling him 2013 would not have the same outcome. Instead of building on his solid 2012, in which he posted a .297/.322/.431 line in 296 plate appearances, Cruz struggled from his first at-bat. Cruz owns an embarrassing .127/.175/.169 batting line across 128 plate appearances. As Bill Shaikin pointed out, Cruz is worst in the bigs in each of those categories among hitters with at least 100 at-bats. Cruz may never see the MLB again, Cruz’s agent says that he has not yet decided whether he would accept a minor league assignment by the Dodgers if he clears waivers. Regardless, he will likely head back to the minors somewhere, and we will never here Cruuuuuuz again.
In a corresponding move, the club reinstated outfielder Scott Van Slyke from the 15-day DL. This means we will get to see more of Juan Uribe at the hot corner, at least for now. Ultimately I expect the Dodgers are turning every leaf looking for a legit third baseman to displace Juan Uribe. We might see Dee Gordon again at some point if the Dodgers get desperate enough. I’m still hoping Yasiel Puig can convert to a third baseman like Miguel Cabrera did as a member of Marlins organization. Puig is arguably just as talented and he is certainly athletic enough to pull it off. Change is good. Embrace the change, this is only the beginning.