OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's today announced that they have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Juan Cruz and catcher Adam Melhuse on one-year contracts for the 2006 season.
Cruz was 0-3 with a 7.44 ERA in 28 relief appearances over two stints with the A's last year. He was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on June 16 and went 5-1 with a 2.40 ERA in 13 games, all starts, before he was brought back to Oakland in September. The 27-year old right-hander is 14-24 with a save and a 4.36 ERA in 156 career appearances in the Majors, including 23 starts.
Melhuse spent the entire 2005 season on the A's roster but appeared in just 39 games as he was the A's number two catcher to Jason Kendall. He batted .247 with two home runs and 12 RBI in his 39 games, including 16 starts at catcher. The 34-year old is a .246 career hitter in 212 Major League games.
After agreeing to terms with Cruz and Melhuse, infielder Mark Ellis remains as the only arbitration eligible player on the A's roster that has not signed for 2006.