Oneil Cruz Pittsburgh Pirates

Age: 23 (October 04, 1998) | 6' 7" | 210lbs. | Bats: Left SS-2
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
PIT R 2019 3 10 0 6 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 .600 .636 .700 9 9 .667 n/a
PIT A+ 2019 35 136 21 41 8 38 6 1 7 16 7 3 .301 .345 .515 6 26 .374 n/a
PIT AA 2019 35 119 14 32 15 35 8 3 1 17 3 1 .269 .346 .412 11 26 .365 n/a
PIT AA 2021 62 250 51 73 20 64 15 5 12 40 18 3 .292 .346 .536 7 24 .349 n/a
PIT AAA 2021 6 21 11 11 8 5 1 0 5 7 1 0 .524 .655 1.29 28 17 .545 n/a
PIT NL 2021 2 9 2 3 0 4 0 0 1 3 0 0 .333 .333 .667 0 44 .500 60/20/20 1 1
PIT NL 2022 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0.00 n/a 0 0
Career 2yrs 2 9 2 3 0 4 0 0 1 3 0 0 .333 .333 .667 0 44 .500 n/a
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Today in the Athletic they looked at some of the initial indicators of new efforts to address tanking and service time manipulation.  As you might expect, some indicators aren't good...

In the days before and after the lockout, many owners operated as if flush. Teams doled out an estimated $3.2 billion to free agents, according to Spotrac. Thirteen clubs made nine-figure commitments. The splurges were pretty impressive for an industry where, as Manfred insisted back in February, the return on investment is “below what you’d expect to get in the stock market, with a lot more risk.”

“We know that they have the money to spend,” Britton said. “Regardless of what the public narrative was.”

For several players, though, the spending did not represent a panacea. The scourge of tanking and service-time manipulation has not yet ended. In the days after the lockout ended, Oakland dealt away franchise cornerstones Matt Chapman and Matt Olson. The Reds displayed their roster like a garage sale and invited the neighborhood. Pittsburgh optioned top prospect Oneil Cruz to Triple A, where he will attend The Kris Bryant School of Defensive Improvement. The Guardians bolstered an 80-win roster by spending a grand total of $3.9 million in free agency. The Orioles have not signed a free agent to a multiyear contract since the spring of 2018.

“You’ve got to have all 30 teams trying to compete,” said Mets pitcher Chris Bassitt, who was also traded from Oakland. “And just looking at the market right now, I don’t know if that’s actually happening.”

Bassitt was outlining something obvious to any dedicated observer of the sport. He was also repeating a talking point the MLBPA has stressed for years now. One new CBA — even one with higher minimum salaries and elevated thresholds for the competitive balance tax — could not rectify what the players view as an imbalance with the ownership class. The owners have stymied any attempt by the union to reach arbitration or free agency earlier. “We’re fighting for young players getting closer to what their market value is,” Semien said.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Apr 6

According to my friend who works at the park in Bradenton, he doesn't.  There for the opener and an empty box since.

It's a mistake to think baseball owners care about baseball.  They care about money.

Mike Landau ML-
Mar 30

I guess what you'd ask Nutting if you had a chance is "What's the plan?"  I don't really see them stockpiling prospects.  Is he just content to lose forever, and make money?  I mean, money's great, but if you're Nutting, you're going to get booed IN YOUR OWN BALLPARK if you show your face.

Mike Dean TMU2009
Mar 30

It's even worse than that. Each MLB team's estimated revenue floor is somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million before each team even sells a ticket (and that's the conservative estimate). (I think I got that from Eno Sarris, but I'd have to go back and look).

Mike Gianella MikeG
Mar 30

Payroll is around $30 million.  Fangraphs estimated the local TV money at $44 million a year, back in 2020.  Nutting didn't get to be a gajillionaire for nothing.

Mike Landau ML-
Mar 30

Ah, but the Pirates fans do enjoy screaming about what victims they are, as if their owner wasn't a gajillionaire, who doesn't spend because he doesn't WANT to spend.

Mike Dean TMU2009
Mar 30

Yes, that was part of the new CBA. And it's going to be an even worse look if teams like the Tigers and Royals just let players like Witt, Torkelson and R Greene grace their Opening Day rosters.

Mike Gianella MikeG
Mar 30

If so, this looks to be shaping up as the next big service time grievance case.  It would be worse than the blatant actions of the Cubs and Mariners if MLB Incentivizes players with bonus service time options but their clubs make those goals out of reach.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Mar 30

Is Rotowire right? Blue-chippers will now spend a bigger chunk of the season in the minors?

Oneil Cruz (SS) PIT - Mar. 29
https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=14559

The Pirates optioned Cruz to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Cruz made a brief, two-game MLB debut last October, and it's not hard to argue he's one of the Pirates' 26 best players already despite his inexperience, but the team will choose to prioritize delaying his free agency by a year. The new collective bargaining agreement allows players who finish in the top two in their league's Rookie of the Year voting to gain a full year of service regardless of how much time they spend on the major-league roster, so the Pirates are now heavily incentivized to keep him in the minors long enough to make sure that doesn't happen. In the Pirates' defense, Cruz has only played six Triple-A games, but it's not as if the team has compelling options to start over him. Kevin Newman and Cole Tucker should earn most of the at-bats at shortstop until Cruz returns. 

Alex Patton Alex
Mar 30

Sent down today.

I was ready to make AP4 $14 in the next update but now he goes back to R1. Grab him if he's still available when you get your first pick in the reserve draft.

He won't be.

Alex Patton Alex
Mar 29