The Royals are looking to unload pitcher Juan Cruz and are willing to absorb some of his contract, according to Tracy Ringolsby. Cruz posted a 5.72 ERA last season for the Royals but owns a career 4.14 ERA in his career with the Cubs, Braves, Athletics, Diamondbacks, and now Royals.
In his two seasons with the Diamondbacks from 2007-2008, he posted a 2.85 ERA and struck out 156 total batters.
The Cubs are already having bullpen issues and would benefit from a guy like Juan Cruz bridging the gap to Carlos Marmol. The 31-year old former Cub, who in fact aged about 8 years in a span of three with the Cubs (minor visa issues...), would be a great addition to the pen.
Nevertheless, the combination of Esmalin Caridad and Jeff Gray has already got off to a rocky start, and it would be worth grabbing him early before the bullpen really gets shaken up. So far this season, Cruz owns a 1.93 ERA and six strike outs.