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Top Tony Cruz News

  • Tony Cruz: Takes up coaching job

    Cruz returned to the Cardinals' organization as a minor-league catching instructor Friday, Jenifer Langosch of reports.

    Cruz spent five of his seven big-league seasons in a Cardinals uniform but had been away from the organization and away from a reliable major-league job since 2015. He'll end his professional career with a .216/.256/.308 line in 272 games.

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  • Tony Cruz: Cut loose by Reds

    Cruz was released by the Reds on Thursday.

    The veteran backstop appeared in just nine games for the Reds this season, hitting .154/.154/.308 over those contests. He'll look to latch on elsewhere as organizational catching depth.

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  • Reds' Tony Cruz: Sent back to minors Thursday

    Cruz was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.

    The Reds brought in veteran catcher Curt Casali from the Rays via trade Thursday, and Cruz was the corresponding roster move. The 31-year-old hit just .154/.154/.308 across nine games with the big club prior to being sent back to Louisville. He'll continue to serve as organizational catching depth with the Bats.

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  • Reds' Tony Cruz: Has contract selected Tuesday

    Cruz had his contract selected by the Reds on Tuesday.

    With Devin Mesoraco being traded to the Mets, Cruz will join the Reds as their backup catcher. The 31-year-old was hitting just .170/.268/.255 through 14 games with Triple-A Louisville and owns an unimpressive .218/.260/.308 line across six major-league seasons (263 games).

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  • Reds' Tony Cruz: Sent to minor-league camp

    Cruz was reassigned to minor-league camp Sunday.

    Cruz had a shot to crack the Opening Day roster as a reserve catcher, but the Reds have apparently decided they will not carry three backstops to open the season. He'll begin the year with Triple-A Louisville and could return to the bigs if either Tucker Barnhart or Devin Mesoraco goes down with an injury.

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  • Reds' Tony Cruz: Chance to make Reds roster

    The Reds are contemplating keeping Cruz on the big-league roster to begin the season as a third catcher,'s Mark Sheldon reports. "I think the world of Tony Cruz," manager Bryan Price said. "I think he's a big league player in my opinion. He's certainly been a topic of discussion. That frees up Mesoraco or Barnhart to pinch hit on the days they're not playing early.

    Cruz hasn't hit much whenever he saw big-league duty with the Cardinals, though as Price later pointed out in the article, he was Yadier Molina's caddy with the Cardinals, which meant precious little playing time on a regular basis. Still, this is his age-31 season; there's not much in the way of upside here.

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  • Reds' Tony Cruz: Agrees to deal with Reds

    Cruz signed a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training with Cincinnati on Wednesday.

    Cruz played in 51 games for Triple-A El Paso within the Padres' organization in 2017, hitting .280/.341/.458 with seven home runs and 27 RBI. The 31-year-old last appeared in a big-league game with the Royals in 2016, and saw a solid chunk of playing time as Yadier Molina's backup for the Cardinals in the five years prior to being in Kansas City. Looking ahead, Cruz might have a tough time filling the void of backup catcher in Cincinnati, due to the fact that manager Bryan Price reiterated that he only wanted to keep two backstops on the roster earlier this week, which will be Tucker Barnhart and Devin Mesoraco. Barring any injuries, Cruz will serve as additional depth for the Reds in Triple-A next season.

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  • Padres' Tony Cruz: Reassigned to minors

    Cruz was reassigned to minor-league camp Wednesday, Padres radio broadcaster Bob Scanlan reports.

    Cruz might be in a new organization, but he'll fill the same role that he did last season with the Royals as a depth option at catcher at the Triple-A level. The 30-year-old batted .264 with seven homers and 55 RBI for Triple-A Omaha in 2016.

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  • Padres' Tony Cruz: Signs minor league contract with Padres

    Cruz signed a minor league deal with the Padres on Tuesday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    The 30-year-old spent most of his time in Triple-A in 2016, slashing .264/.347/.387 across 363 plate appearances. He was called up for four games, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts over that span. Cruz owns a .218/.260/.308 line across parts of six major league seasons and will likely serve as organizational depth for the Padres in 2017.

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  • Tony Cruz: Released by Royals

    Cruz was released by the Royals on Wednesday.

    He was designated for assignment earlier this month and the two sides agreed to part ways. It is hard to fault Cruz for wanting to explore other options, as Salvador Perez is not going anywhere, and the team has made it clear that they like Drew Butera as the backup catcher. Cruz has a career .224/.283/.323 slash line in 638 big league plate appearances and has graded out as a league average defender behind the dish.

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  • Royals' Tony Cruz: Called up Friday

    The Royals recalled Cruz from Triple-A Omaha on Friday.

    Cruz has appeared in just three big league games up to this point after playing in 69 games for the Cardinals last year, but he will serve as the Royals' third catcher during September. Cruz posted a .264/.347/.387 slash line over 92 games with Omaha this season.

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  • Royals' Tony Cruz: Optioned Wednesday

    Cruz was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports.

    Cruz was serving as the club's third catcher and received the call-up with Salvador Perez nursing a minor injury, but the 29-year-old went hitless in three at bats and will now head back to the minors. He's hit a decent .278/.352/.417 at the Triple-A level, so Cruz could see more time in the majors if Kansas City finds itself pressed for catching depth.

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  • Royals' Tony Cruz: Recalled from Triple-A

    Cruz was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Sunday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

    Cruz will help fortify the Royals' depth behind the plate after Salvador Perez was diagnosed with a quad contusion following Saturday's game. While Perez will avoid a DL stint for the time being, he's still expected to miss 7-to-10 days, so Cruz may be able to pick up a start or two over the next week. Cruz will act as the top backup to Drew Butera until Perez is ready to return.

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  • Royals' Tony Cruz: Optioned to Triple-A Omaha

    Cruz was optioned to Triple-A Wednesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports.

    Cruz was third on the Royals' depth chart behind Salvador Perez and Drew Butera so it seems they are comfortable going with a two-catcher platoon entering the regular season. A career .220 hitter in the MLB, Cruz will likely remain with Triple-A Omaha during the 2016 season and could see a call up if Perez or Butera go down with an injury.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 215 lbs
Birthplace: Palm Beach, FL
Age: 37
Experience: 7
Bats/Throws: R, R