Tigers claim LHP De La Cruz off waivers from Indians
The minor league left-hander has just joined his third organization in five weeks, as the Tigers claimed him off waivers from the Indians on Friday. Detroit optioned the contract of the 23-year-old to Double-A Erie.
De La Cruz was designated for assignment on Feb. 14 by the Indians to make room for Casey Kotchman, then traded to the Texas Rangers on Feb. 21, for cash. The Rangers organization sent De La Cruz back to the Indians on March 15, and then designated him for assignment again.
Originally a non-drafted free agent signing by the Indians in 2004, De La Cruz has 35-31 record with a 4.02 ERA and 487 strikeouts 508-plus minor league innings (118 appearances/105 starts).