Luis Cruz, who followed up a surprisingly good 2012 season by hitting just .145 this year, has signed with the Lotte Marines in Japan.
After playing for the Dodgers and the Yankees this year Cruz will get a nice bump in salary to $750,000 in Japan, according to the Associated Press.
Before crashing to a .145 batting average in 2013 he hit .297 with a .753 OPS for the Dodgers in 2012, but the 30-year-old Cruz was unlikely to emerge as more than a utility man in America.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers may be interested in Jake Arrieta.
The Brewers could definitely use a front line starter, especially with Jimmy Nelson slated to miss a good chunk of next season due to a rotator cuff injury. Arrieta will be expensive, obviously, but the Brewers have a lot more payroll flexibility than most teams, with only minimal money due on long term contracts. Most of that is for Ryan Braun, but even the outlay for him is reasonable, with deferred money involved. Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel laid all of that out back in October.
Milwaukee had a surprisingly good 2017 and they have the ability to add in free agency or to take on salary in trades if they want to. Maybe they don’t get Arrieta but they could make a splash this offseason.