Source: Royals, RHP Cruz agree to deal

Updated: February 28, 2009, 4:04 PM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN.com

Free-agent pitcher Juan Cruz, caught in an unusual vise of rules and economy this offseason, has agreed to a two-year, $6 millon deal with the Kansas City Royals with a club option for a third, sources said Saturday.

Cruz will receive $2.25 million for 2009, $3.25 million for 2010, and a $4 million team option for 2011 in the deal, with a $500,000 buyout.

The right-handed Cruz could represent a major upgrade for the Royals' bullpen amid high hopes within the organization that ...

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