The Dodgers have called it quits with the Luis Cruz experiment, designating the infielder for assignment to create a spot on the roster for outfielder Scott Van Slyke. Cruz, who showed hints of potential in 296 trips to the plate last year, brought a sub-.350 OPS through his most recent appearance on June 19. By various offensive measures, he has been the least-productive player in baseball, as his OPS “beats” Brewers infielder Alex Gonzalez .344 to .433, and his wOBA is significantly lower at .155 to .193 as well.
Van Slyke, 26, had been tearing the cover off of the ball with Triple-A Albuquerque, posting a 1.173 OPS in 159 plate appearances. In a one-month stint in the Majors prior to the injury, he posted an .843 OPS in 74 PA.
There’s a saying that goes “nothing good ever happens after 2AM.” It can also be said that nothing good ever happens after, say, week 5 or 6 of spring training.
Today, for instance, are a lot of inconsequential games. Those are neutral. Then there are a rash of these sorts of incidents which just went down today, all of which are bad:
Archer seems to be OK for now. Moncada walked off his thing and went back into the game. We’re still waiting to hear on Bumgarner and Ichiro. If there is anything serious with them we’ll update as we learn things.
But really, guys: Spring Training is too long. Even in a year like this one, when it’s a tad shorter than usual because of an early start to the regular season. Everyone who was gonna get their timing down well enough to make a big league roster has already done so. If someone isn’t healthy and in playing shape now, they’re not gonna be six days from now for Opening Day. The cake, as they say, is baked.
All that can happen is possessed-by-the-devil baseballs attacking unsuspecting players and injuring them in meaningless exhibitions. Let’s cease all baseball now until the regular season starts. Out of an abundance of caution.