So Dayton Moore strikes again, this time freeing Juan Cruz from Type A purgatory by signing him to a 2-year deal worth $6M. I actually have to give Dayton his due on this one. Setting up for Soria, Cruz is projected to be about a 1.3 WAR player. If Cruz can continue his effectiveness as CHONE projects he will, he'll be worth nearly twice the amount dollars he's actually going to get paid.
On the other hand, it's not like this signing is going thrust the Royals into contention any time soon, and they are forfeiting their 2nd round pick to Arizona. But hey, it's not like the Royals have struck gold with any of their 2nd round picks in the last ten years, at least none that I can think of. Shane Costa, anyone?*
*Alright, Johnny Giavotella is interesting in his own right.