According to a report by Nikkan Sports, the Rakuten Eagles are expected to offer thirty-year-old Zelous Wheeler, thirty-year-old Carlos Peguero, thirty-year-old Japhet Amador, and thirty-three-year-old Frank Herrmann new contracts for the 2018 season. With regards to Wheeler, they will most likely sign him to a two-year deal.
It is unclear what the Eagles plans are with twenty-seven-year-old Joshua Corrales and thirty-three-year-old Luis Cruz.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2017
[UPDATE 10/23 @ 11:23pm]
Wheeler, Peguero, Amador, and Herrmann are expected to return next year, as is Chia-Hao Sung.
The Eagles will most likely part ways with Corrales and Cruz.
[UPDATE 10/25 @ 3:05am]
Peguero and Herrmann left for the US out of Narita Airport via Sendai Airport on October 24.
[UPDATE 10/25 @ 11:44pm]
Wheeler and Amador returned to their countries out of Narita Airport on October 25, Wheeler to the United States and Amador to Mexico.
Source: Sanspo 10/25/20170 Comments
The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they reached an agreement to acquire thirty-three-year-old Luis Cruz from the Yomiuri Giants for cash. He was assigned the uniform number 67.
The Eagles held a press conference for Cruz today and he went 1-for-4 with an RBI in tonight’s game against the Softbank Hawks.
The Eagles were looking for some infield help after losing both Kazuya Fujita and Eigoro Mogi to injuries. The recent injury to Carlos Peguero also opened up a foreign player slot on their active roster.
Source: Rakuten 7/26/20170 Comments
Luis Cruz was taken off the active roster today. No specifics were mentioned. Yoshinobu Takahashi told reporters it was due to team circumstances. He will not be eligible to return to the active roster until after October 12.
[UPDATE 10/4 @ 12:07pm]
According to reports from this morning, it seems the Giants are not happy with Cruz’s attitude. They appear to be concerned that his head is not always in the game and the final nail in the coffin was when he failed to run to first at full speed during the final Hanshin series.
[UPDATE 10/4 @ 9:13pm]
Cruz joined the Ni-gun team for practices at Giants Stadium today.
Source: Daily Sports 10/4/2016
[UPDATE 10/11 @ 4:08am]
Cruz worked out with the Ichi-gun team on October 10. He apparently patched things up with Takahashi.
Source: Daily Sports 10/10/20160 Comments
Luis Cruz returned to Japan on September 16. He resumed practices on September 17. He took batting and fielding practice at Giants Stadium on September 18. He will be able to return to the active roster on September 20.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/20160 Comments
Luis Cruz left Japan on September 10 to be with his expecting wife (third child). He is expected to return to Japan in a few days.
Source: Sanspo 9/11/20160 Comments
Luis Cruz (left ankle) played in a Ni-gun game against the Yakult Swallows at Toda Stadium on August 5. He was the starting designated hitter and batted third. He went 1-for-5 with an RBI. With runners on first and third and two out in the seventh inning, Cruz hit a timely single to right off Kentaro Kyuko. He told reporters after the game he felt fine and was ready to join the active roster.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/5/20160 Comments
Luis Cruz (left ankle) played in a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on August 3. He got the start at second and batted third. He went 0-for-4: Ks, Fo2, G5e, F4. He did not have any problems on defense or with running. He is expected to join the Ichi-gun team on August 5.
Source: Sanspo 8/4/20160 Comments
Toshiya Sugiuchi (right hip)
Luis Cruz (left ankle)
Luis Cruz (left ankle) participated in a San-gun batting practice scrimmage on July 28. He took twenty-two swings against Gabriel Garcia and Carlos Perez and recorded four could-be hits. He is scheduled to make it into a Ni-gun game as a designated hitter on July 30 against Lotte at Giants Stadium.0 Comments