Cruz still a possibility

D-backs GM Josh Byrnes confirmed on Sunday that the team has had conversations recently with free agent pitcher Juan Cruz about returning.

Cruz is classified as a Type A free agent and it’s been speculated that the draft compensation issue has caused teams to shy away from signing Cruz, who made a little more than $1.9 million last year. It’s possible that the D-backs could use some of the money budgeted for the first-round and supplemental pick they were going to get for Cruz to instead re-sign him.

“It’s Feb. 15 and I don’t think he or us expected him to still be out there,” Byrnes said.

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