Detroit Tigers to Pursue Juan Cruz?

Eli GreenspanSenior Analyst IOctober 21, 2008

According to one AL executive, the Tigers plan to pursue free agent reliever Juan Cruz, hoping he can take over in a late-inning relief role.

Cruz was 4-0 with a 2.62 ERA for the Diamondbacks in 57 games this season, so he should be one of the more sought-after free agents on the market. Not only that, but he has put together two solid years in a row, elevating his stats both years, which could suggest he is entering his prime. He just turned 30 on Oct. 15.

I spoke with someone close to to Dave Dombrowski, who expressed Dombrowski's desire to land a reliever, which suggests he will aggressively pursue someone relatively cheap like Cruz. While Cruz is not likely a closer, he would make for a great seventh- or eighth-inning guy. The Twins and Cardinals are also believed to be interested. 

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