With Trot Nixon on the disabled list (strained oblique on his left side) and Kevin Motormouth Millar reportedly on the trading block, the Red Sox could use another outfielder.
And look who’s available: Jose Cruz Jr., who was just designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks.
A career .248 hitter, Cruz has hit 20 homers, knocked in 51 runs and scored 47 runs in his career against the Yankees. Seems like every time I seem him play against the Yanks, Cruz comes through with a big hit.
The Sox already have a bunch of bona fide Yankee killers — Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, Bill Mueller and Johnny Damon — plus Edgar Renteria is looking like he may join that crew.
Rumor has it that the Yankees are interested in him, and for good reason: Cruz has played 577 career games in center, a position New York is trying to upgrade defensively.
So once again, the Sox and Yanks could be interested in the same player. Last time that happened? Yeah, the guy’s name was Jose Contreras, and we know how that worked out.
By the way, Cruz’s dad, Jose, spent his final season with the Yankees, in 1988.