Cardinals sign Tony Cruz to one-year deal, avoid arbitration

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Tony Cruz will remain in his role as the Cardinals’ backup catcher next season, avoiding arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

Cruz has been Yadier Molina’s primary understudy since 2012, hitting just .225 with three homers and a .580 OPS in 482 plate appearances during that time.

Obviously the Cardinals value his defense a lot and, if healthy, they want Molina playing almost every game anyway.