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Monday, January 6, 2014

Nelson Cruz could accept one-year deal

By on 1/06/2014 01:00:00 PM

Baseball season is right around the corner with pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training in about six weeks. There are still plenty of free agents available, one of the most talented is outfielder Nelson Cruz. But his market has been quite slow to develop as teams are wary about his performance coming off his suspension last year for PEDs.  In order to increase his market value, Cruz will be willing to accept a short term contract. reported that according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, there is speculation among general managers that Nelson Cruz could settle for a one-year contract in an attempt to rebuild his value. Cruz was initially looking for a four-year deal in the neighborhood of $75 million.

Another problem with Cruz receiving less interest than maybe anticipated is that his free agency is tied to draft pick compensation. With Cruz being willing to accept a one-year deal, that should open up the list of teams interested in him. On the flip side of the coin, it's a risky move on Cruz's part. Should have have a bad season in 2014, he would most likely not be able to receive a multi-year deal at the end of the season.

Cruz was drafted by the New York Mets as an amateur free agent in 1998.  He made his Major League debut with the Milwaukee Brewers on September 17, 2005.  Cruz played in only eight games with the Brewers and had one hit in five at bats.  He has played with the Texas Rangers since the 2006 season and currently has a streak of five seasons with 20 or more home runs.  Cruz hit a career high 33 home runs in 2009.  He is coming off a season in which he hit 27 home runs with a .266 batting average.  In 804 career games, Cruz has 157 home runs, 489 RBI and a .268 batting average.


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