Luis Cruz opts for free agency over minors

Instead of accepting an outright assignment to the minor leagues, infielder Luis Cruz decided to become a free agent, effective immediately, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced Tuesday.

The Dodgers today reinstated outfielder/first baseman Scott Van Slyke from the 15-day disabled list and designated Cruz for assignment last Friday.

Cruz batted .127 with two doubles, a homer and six RBIs in 45 games with the Dodgers this season. Cruz, 29, appeared in 78 games with the Dodgers last season and batted .297 with 20 doubles, six homers and 40 RBIs after being called up to the majors on July 2.