M’s lose Cruceta
In one of those stupid-decisions-that-didn’t-have-to-be-made, the M’s have lost Francisco Cruceta to the Rangers on waivers.
We’ve talked about Cruceta quite a bit around here. I was a fan when they claimed him, and praised the organization for taking a flyer on him. He pitched well for Tacoma but was terrible in his ridiculously small sample in a September callup. The M’s were never huge fans, and with the extreme depth of potential bullpen arms, decided to remove him from the 40-man-roster, since he was out of options and was unlikely to make the club next spring.
That the M’s decided to waive Cruceta, when they have so much dead wood on the 40 man, and are willing to hand guaranteed multiyear deals to guys like Julio Mateo, is part of what is so frustrating about being a Mariner fan. There was no reason to even try and pass the PCL leader in strikeouts through waivers, and despite their reservations about his flaws, he’s worth keeping around.
The offseason gets off to a bad start, as once again, they focus on what a player can’t do, and not on what he can.