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11/04/2005 3:10 PM ET
Dodgers agree to terms with outfielder Jose Cruz Jr.
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LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that the club has agreed to terms with outfielder Jose Cruz Jr. on a one-year contract with a club option for 2007.

Cruz, 31, joined the Dodgers on Aug. 9 and was one of the club's most productive hitters down the stretch. In 47 games for Los Angeles, he batted .301 with six homers, 22 RBI and had a .366 on-base percentage. His .301 average ranked second on the Dodgers from the time he was acquired through the end of the season.

The Puerto Rico native finished the season with 193 career home runs, which ranks sixth on the active player list and 19th on the all-time list among switch-hitters. In the Sept. 7 game vs. San Francisco, he homered from both sides of the plate, becoming just the seventh Dodger in franchise history to accomplish that feat.

Cruz is one of just three switch-hitters in Major League history to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in the same season, joining Howard Johnson and Carlos Beltran in that illustrious club. Cruz accomplished that feat in 2001, when he posted career highs in batting average (.274), homers (34), RBI (88), stolen bases (32) and hits (158) while playing for the Blue Jays. He also topped the 30-homer mark in 2000, when he tied for the American League lead in games played (162) while going deep 31 times.

In eight-plus big league seasons, he has a .250 batting average (1,049-for-4,196) with 193 homers and 585 RBI while playing for Seattle, Toronto, San Francisco, Tampa Bay, Arizona, Boston and Los Angeles. He was acquired by the Dodgers in exchange for infielder Tony Schrager.

Cruz won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2003 and has a career fielding percentage of .985, having spent time at all three outfield positions.

He and his father, Jose, rank fifth on the all-time father/son home run list with 357, behind only the Bonds, Griffey, Alou and Bell families. Cruz's uncles, Hector and Tommy, also played in the Major Leagues in the 1970s and 80s.

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