By then, Cruz not only had lost the third-base job he had Opening Day, but was hitting .127 with one homer and six RBIs in 45 games. Last year he hit .297.
By declaring free agency, Cruz voids the remainder of his split contract, which would have paid him the pro-ratio of $148,000 in the Minor Leagues and $505,000 in the Major Leagues.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.