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Tim Crothers
May 18, 1998
When the Blue Jays acquired rookie sensation Jose Cruz Jr. from the Mariners for middling relievers Paul Spoljaric and Mike Timlin last July 31, it was considered the steal of the year. Cruz finished with 26 home runs in 104 big league games in 1997, but at week's end he had no extra-base hits and just two RBIs after Opening Day. The word is out: Cruz can't hit breaking balls. The odd man out in the battle with Shannon Stewart for the centerfield job, between rightfielder Shawn Green and leftfielder Jose Canseco, the 24-year-old Cruz has been shopped to Cincinnati and Montreal.
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May 18, 1998

The Buzz

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When the Blue Jays acquired rookie sensation Jose Cruz Jr. from the Mariners for middling relievers Paul Spoljaric and Mike Timlin last July 31, it was considered the steal of the year. Cruz finished with 26 home runs in 104 big league games in 1997, but at week's end he had no extra-base hits and just two RBIs after Opening Day. The word is out: Cruz can't hit breaking balls. The odd man out in the battle with Shannon Stewart for the centerfield job, between rightfielder Shawn Green and leftfielder Jose Canseco, the 24-year-old Cruz has been shopped to Cincinnati and Montreal.

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