Dodgers agree to $3.21 million deal with Cruz

Updated: November 4, 2005, 7:48 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers and outfielder Jose Cruz Jr. agreed Friday to one-year contract worth a guaranteed $3.21 million.

Cruz was obtained from Boston in August and was one of the Dodgers' most productive hitters in the season's final weeks. He batted .301 with six homers and 22 RBIss in 47 games, and had a .366 on-base percentage.

In a Sept. 7 game against San Francisco, Cruz become the seventh Dodger to homer from both sides of the plate in a game.

Cruz will earn $2.91 million next season, and the deal includes a 2007 club option at $4.5 million with a $300,000 buyout. He could earn an additional $300,000 per year in performance bonuses.

"He provides us options," said Roy Smith, Dodgers vice president of scouting and player development. "His versatility in the outfield, a switch-hitter -- we felt like he found himself a little bit."

Smith said the Dodgers are interested in adding another power-hitting infielder.

In eight-plus major league seasons, Cruz has a .250 batting average with 193 homers and 585 RBIss while playing for Seattle, Toronto, San Francisco, Tampa Bay, Arizona, Boston and Los Angeles.

He was acquired by the Dodgers for infielder Tony Schrager.

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