I think the end is near for Cruz. 2015-17 OPS in the low .900s. Last year .850. Last year was also the first time in 5-6 years that he played fewer than 150 games.
I don’t like the trend.
IMO, Cruz is exactly the type of player the Ryan regime pursued: aging vets on their last legs. Every other team is looking to get younger and more versatile. Cruz looks like a “be mediocre” move to me.
One year is not a trend. No major change in BB%, K%, or exit velocity. Mostly BABIP.
He actually could do better if he didn't play half of his games in Safeco and an unbalanced schedule in Oakland, and Anaheim.
Still the man is 38 and doesn't pretend to field a position.