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We've heard folks claim Cruz is bad in the field.  Yet, I wonder if Camden Yards is vanilla enough to enable this guy to bump Nick over to left on occasion.  I heard elsewhere he has a better arm than Nick.  In the end, he's a cheaper, more versatile alternative to Morales. 

 

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1 year, 8 million.

 

I would have preferred Morales, but meh. Not bad.

 

I guess it's decent -- though I prefered Morales -- as long as Cruz never plays in the field.

 

The should-have-been final out of the 2011 World Series is burned in my memory!  :o

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Strikes out often, hits into double plays, weak OBP sine he turned 30 ( and who really knows how old DRs are?) he's not wanted by his old team and he takes a pay cut to play for the Orioles. This is his last stop.

 

O's get the scraps and the fans think its surf and turf.

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We've heard folks claim Cruz is bad in the field.  Yet, I wonder if Camden Yards is vanilla enough to enable this guy to bump Nick over to left on occasion.  I heard elsewhere he has a better arm than Nick.  In the end, he's a cheaper, more versatile alternative to Morales. 

 

Are they done now?  

Is it me but I always heard that Nick had a great arm

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Strikes out often, hits into double plays, weak OBP sine he turned 30 ( and who really knows how old DRs are?) he's not wanted by his old team and he takes a pay cut to play for the Orioles. This is his last stop.

 

O's get the scraps and the fans think its surf and turf.

27 homeruns and 76 rbi's in 106 games but yeah, whatever...

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27 homeruns and 76 rbi's in 106 games but yeah, whatever...

the rest of baseball was knocking down his door to offer him multiple year contracts but he wanted to take a short contract with a team with a rich history of rewarding performance and a winning tradition over the last 30 years Edited by larsanderson

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the rest of baseball was knocking down his door to offer him multiple year contracts but he wanted to take a short contract with a team with a rich history of rewarding performance and a winning tradition over the last 30 years

Does he bolster the lineup of a team that came up short offensively in the playoffs in 2012 and almost made the playoffs in 2013? Yes. 

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Does he bolster the lineup of a team that came up short offensively in the playoffs in 2012 and almost made the playoffs in 2013? Yes.

 

who knows how he will do if he's not cheating any more and tells his true age?

 

You mean is he the cheapest option to bolster the lineup? There were better players but they weren't scraps and cheap.

 

You get what you pay for,

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We've heard folks claim Cruz is bad in the field. Yet, I wonder if Camden Yards is vanilla enough to enable this guy to bump Nick over to left on occasion. I heard elsewhere he has a better arm than Nick. In the end, he's a cheaper, more versatile alternative to Morales.

He is that bad in the field. RF has the scoreboard and the garage door thing. I don't want to see him even try to master that stuff. Make him the every day DH.

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He is that bad in the field. RF has the scoreboard and the garage door thing. I don't want to see him even try to master that stuff. Make him the every day DH.

Interesting.  I've heard the pundits make mention of how easy right is at the Yard.  The corner is reputedly difficult but the scoreboard is short and Jones as the backup allows Nick to gamble.  The ricochets are allegedly easy to anticipate.  I've heard others say all you need in right is an arm since the range is modest and predictable.

 

I always heard how left was far more demanding.  It makes me wonder if Nick is at some point the logical choice in left.  If Delmon Young makes the club, they'll have to find a means of accommodating him in the lineup.  IMO, Young is worse than Cruz with the glove and only fits as a DH.  But Cruz is too valuable to be a platoon guy.  If he plays in the field would he fit in better in left or right?

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Interesting.  I've heard the pundits make mention of how easy right is at the Yard.  The corner is reputedly difficult but the scoreboard is short and Jones as the backup allows Nick to gamble.  The ricochets are allegedly easy to anticipate.  I've heard others say all you need in right is an arm since the range is modest and predictable.

 

I always heard how left was far more demanding.  It makes me wonder if Nick is at some point the logical choice in left.  If Delmon Young makes the club, they'll have to find a means of accommodating him in the lineup.  IMO, Young is worse than Cruz with the glove and only fits as a DH.  But Cruz is too valuable to be a platoon guy.  If he plays in the field would he fit in better in left or right?

The way people downplay OPACY is the reason that the OFers have such a hard time looking good on paper.

It's all baloney.

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aside from playing inter-league games in a NL park, I can't imagine why they would ever use him in a defensive position. and even then, I would take it on a game by game basis. if the team hits an NL town and is scuffling offensively, then put him out there. otherwise, I'd rather have the better D and use him to PH.

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the rest of baseball was knocking down his door to offer him multiple year contracts but he wanted to take a short contract with a team with a rich history of rewarding performance and a winning tradition over the last 30 years

So he choose the O's....lol.lmao.rolmao

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One thing you have to consider is that after being caught using PEDS, is the new and clean Cruz going to hit as many homeruns?  History says probably not.  Then again, playing in the band box that is Camden Yards, he still should hit 20-25 if healthy all year.  He's not much of an average hitter, strikes out a lot(he'll fit right in), draws few walks(yet even more company) and is below average defensively.  Bottom line, he should be a decent DH with some power. Nothing earth shattering but to me, a nice addition. 

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One thing you have to consider is that after being caught using PEDS, is the new and clean Cruz going to hit as many homeruns?  History says probably not.  Then again, playing in the band box that is Camden Yards, he still should hit 20-25 if healthy all year.  He's not much of an average hitter, strikes out a lot(he'll fit right in), draws few walks(yet even more company) and is below average defensively.  Bottom line, he should be a decent DH with some power. Nothing earth shattering but to me, a nice addition. 

 

They have multiple layers of insurance.

Reimold, Young, and Pearce are all guys that could take the spot if Cruz doesn't pan out.

Of course, Cruz will be given the chance for at least half of the year, if he starts out slow.

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They have multiple layers of insurance.

Reimold, Young, and Pearce are all guys that could take the spot if Cruz doesn't pan out.

Of course, Cruz will be given the chance for at least half of the year, if he starts out slow.

 

Reimold will be injured in some form by May.

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