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.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.