Pirates Winter Leagues: Oneil Cruz Picks Up Two Hits

Here’s a recap of Thursday’s winter league action for members of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Dominican Republic

Oneil Cruz went 2-for-3 with two singles, a run scored and his fourth stolen base. He left the game for a pinch-hitter in the seventh, with one source saying it was just as a precaution, without explanation. The game was 3-0 at the time, so it wasn’t a situation where you would clear off your bench to finish a game. We’ll check for updates. Cruz is hitting .250 with a .792 OPS in 12 games.

Rodolfo Castro went 0-for-4 for the second straight day. He’s hitting .234 with a .647 OPS in 28 games.

Miguel Andujar went 1-for-4 with a single. He’s hitting .253 with a .656 OPS in 20 games.

Puerto Rico

Free agent Roberto Perez went 1-for-3, collecting his first hit of the winter, after going 0-for-4 in his first two games. He caught for the second time on Thursday, and he was the DH on Wednesday. He has played seven innings each game.

Shawn Ross went 1-for-2 with a single and a run. He’s hitting .129 with a .447 OPS in 25 games.


Fabricio Macias went 1-for-4 with a single and an RBI. He’s hitting .251 with a .668 OPS in 49 games.

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b mcferren



Yep, 2 hits in a winter league game. Give him 15 years and $450 million.

b mcferren



Can we sign Robert Perez to a minor league contract so we have him under contract. Then perhaps his contract is written so if he makes the major league roster he can have some extra dollars
in incentives, such as AB’s and games played. Then again, maybe that’s a major League contract with those stipulations??

Last edited 1 month ago by timbre21

Certainly. Do you plan to break his arm to force him to sign that?

b mcferren


if he hasn´t signed by now, he aint signing

Stallings or Kirk should be our opening day catcher


Or, if offered, he did not like the offer, and is trying to show he is worth the level of dollars the Pirates signed him for last year. After missing all but about 30 days of the 2022 season, he needs to show he is healthy enough for some team to step up and make an offer.

b mcferren

the amount of at bats he has accumulated over the past eight years tells any astute observer that he is not a healthy person


Nobody in their right mind is going to give him a 2-year deal.


I think we can safely assume not every baseball GM is consistently in his right mind, but I agree with you.


I like the idea of another attempt at R. Perez but a 2 year deal should be out of the question for anybody. If someone can’t handle any job physically for several years why should they have a guaranteed salary for two years (or even one for that matter)? If he’ll sign for one – great, let’s get him for this transition year before the prospects take over. For two? No thanks!


A guaranteed 2 year deal should be out of the question but why not a deal that says that he gets a 2nd year with so many starts or x number of ABs?


Some kind of option year like that would work but if he smells backup duty the 2nd year it might be unlikely to work out. I’m sure the club might consider this, though.


If he signs it will be with full awareness that he will be backing up Endy in the near future.


Just negotiate & sign him, he’d be a good mentor for Endy & Tank.

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