Source: Luis Cruz on waivers

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Pittsburgh has put Luis Cruz on waivers, a baseball source confirmed on Saturday. This would mean that the Pirates are in the process of removing Cruz from the team’s 40-man roster.

The Pirates were expected to clear a roster spot in advance of Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft so that the club could make a selection with its second overall pick. Once Cruz comes off the 40-man roster that opening will be created.

If Cruz clears waivers, he can become a free agent since he has already been outrighted to the Minors once before. It is unknown whether there would be mutual interest in having Cruz re-sign with the organization with the chance to make the big-league club out of Spring Training.

Cruz hit .214 in 27 games with the Pirates last season. He made his Major League debut with Pittsburgh in 2008.

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1 Comment

If someone claims him, I would be surprised. Altough he is a slick fielder, he’s almost an automatic out. I just hope that the Pirates don’t select a pitcher in Rule V with a bad strikeout to walk ratio.

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