Cruz deal official Orioles DFA Jones

461px-20090406-DSC_1571_Nelson_CruzThe Baltimore Orioles have made the Nelson Cruz deal official as he has passed his physical.  To make room for Cruz on the 40-man roster the Orioles had to designate Chris Jones for assignment.  The Orioles acquired Jones last season for Luis Ayala.

The Orioles are also in talks to give JJ Hardy a contract extension.  More on that story as more information becomes available.

Here is the Orioles press release on Cruz.
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Orioles agree to terms with Cruz

461px-20090406-DSC_1571_Nelson_CruzThe Baltimore Orioles have agreed to terms with outfielder/DH Nelson Cruz, according to multiple news outlets.  Cruz will get a one-year deal worth $8 million plus incentives.  Cruz is a veteran player that will add stability to the DH position and is coming off a season where he hit 27 home runs.

The Orioles will have to give up their second-round pick for Cruz and will not have a pick in the first two rounds of the draft.  Losing a draft pick is not a bad thing because the Orioles could get a better pick next season if Cruz becomes a free agent again.
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