So, the REAL COST of adding 38 year old Cruz, who in reality has no defensive position and only plays DH - unless there is an emergency, is the COST of the loss of Slegers.
He was drafted in the 5th round in 2013 out of Indiana University.
He cost us his bonus payment PLUS the opportunity cost of drafting somebody else.
Then there is the cost to the organization each year.
Not only what was paid to Slegers, but also a portion of what was paid to the managers, coaches, trainers for the teams he was on as well as a pro-rated share of organization management.
2013 = Rookie, Elizabethton APPY League - Rookie
2014 = A, Cedar Rapids, Midwest League AND A+ Fort Myers, Florida League
2015 = A+, Fort Myers, Florida League AND AA, Chattanooga, Southern League
2016 = AA Chattanooga, Southern League
2017 = AAA Rochester, International League AND a cup of coffee with the Twins
2018 = AAA Rochester, International League AND a Bigger cup of coffee with the Twins
All that time, all that MONEY, all those resources just thrown away for a $20,000 waiver fee.
I'll try to respond to this with a bit less snark, and I agree that Slegers was well worth the cost of Cruz.
For one, 5th round picks do not consistently sniff the majors. There's a lot of risk in those signings. Sure, there are (or will be) guys who make MLB who were drafted after Slegers, but those guys aren't sure things. There's a ton of risk. The purpose of the teams minor league/scouting systems is to find those guys and develop them. In Slegers case, we found one and developed him probably about as much as was possible. Had he shown more upside, it likely would have been Tyler Duffey that was sent packing (or someone like that).
I have no problems with that. It's part of the MLB life cycle. You have to accept that, as you cannot hoard every marginal asset. That makes sense when you're coming off 100 losses with no end in site. It doesn't make much sense when you were a playoff team in 2017, and drastically underperformed to 78 wins in 2018.
As has been noted in other threads, this team should be able to top 80 wins pretty easily, and 90 if things break right. Any time your signings are moving you into this bucket, I think logic dictates you go for it... especially when Cleveland is weaker on paper and the rest of the central will likely be picking in the top 10 next year.
That's also why I hope they go out and get one more reliever.