Royals Sign Juan Cruz

An article by posted on February 28, 2009

Righthanded reliever Juan Cruz was signed by the Royals on Saturday.

Cruz signed a two-year contract with an option for 2011.

The deal was believed to be worth $2.25 million for this year, $3.25 million for 2010 and a club option for $4 million for 2011 with a $500,000 buyout.

Cruz, 30, last season had a 4-0 record with a 2.61 ERA in 57 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

He led all National League relievers with 12.37 strikeouts per nine innings, based on his 71 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innings.

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