The Oakland Athletics acquired Juan Cruz in a deal with two other players – both of whom are on this list – in exchange for Tim Hudson. Together, Cruz, Dan Meyer and Charles Thomas make up one of the worst returns in the history of the franchise.
Cruz made the club in 2005, but by mid-season, he was back in Triple-A Sacramento. The right-hander when 0-3 in 28 appearances, with a 7.44 ERA in 32.2 innings. He walked 22 batters, despite striking out 34, which is likely what led to his struggles. He also gave up five home runs, nearly one every five appearances.
Cruz went on to post respectable numbers for the Arizona Diamondbacks, as well as the Royals and Rays, but his time in Oakland is truly one of the worst seasons in recent memory. Thankfully, they only had to watch him pitch for one season.
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