07/30/2005 11:00 PM ET
Red Sox acquire Cruz from Arizona
Outfielder comes to Boston with cash considerations
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox tonight acquired outfielder Jose Cruz Jr. and cash considerations from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Minor League infielder Kenny Perez and Minor League right-hander Kyle Bono. Senior vice president/general manager Theo Epstein made the announcement.
The 31-year-old Cruz is a career .248 (999-for-4,028) hitter with 208 doubles, 30 triples, 187 homers, 563 RBIs and 102 stolen bases in nine Major League seasons with the Mariners (1997), Blue Jays (1997-2002), Giants (2003), Devil Rays (2004) and Diamondbacks (2005).
A Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner with the Giants in 2003, Cruz has topped 20 home runs five times, including four of the last five seasons. He registered consecutive 30-homer seasons in 2000 and 2001, and joined the 30-30 club with a career-best 34 homers and 32 steals for Toronto in 2001.
Cruz has a career .454 slugging percentage, with 425 of his 999 career hits (43 percent) having gone for extra bases. He has a .336 career on-base percentage, including 102 walks for the Giants in 2003.
A switch-hitter who throws righthanded, Cruz appeared in 64 games for Arizona this season, hitting .213 (43-for-202) with nine doubles, 12 home runs and 28 RBIs. Cruz posted a .436 slugging percentage, with 21 of his 43 hits (49 percent) going for extra bases.
The Mariners' first-round pick (third overall) out of Rice University in 1995, Cruz has seen extensive playing time at all three outfield positions in his Major League career, playing 577 games in center field, 361 games in right field and 188 games in left.
Cruz's father, Jose Sr., played 2,353 Major League games for the Cardinals, Astros and Yankees from 1970-88.
Perez, Boston's sixth-round draft pick in 2000, has split 2005 between Double-A Portland (.285 with four homers, 28 RBIs and seven steals in 66 games) and Triple-A Pawtucket (.167 with a homer and five RBIs in 14 games).
The 23-year-old switch hitter is a career .265 (519-for-1,959) hitter with 21 home runs, 223 RBIs and 60 stolen bases in 545 Minor League contests over six seasons.
Bono, 22, is 2-2 with a 4.07 ERA in 24 relief appearances for Class A Wilmington in 2005, his second professional campaign. An eighth-round draft selection in 2004, Bono is 2-3 with a 3.86 ERA in 28 games (five starts) in his Minor League career. He has struck out 73 and allowed only 43 hits in 60.2 career innings.