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Nelson Cruz, Rangers reach a two-year deal avoiding arbitration

Feb 9, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz celebrates after hitting a two run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning of Game 6 of MLB's ALCS baseball playoffs in Arlington Reuters

UPDATE II:  The deal is for $16 million.

UPDATE: Deal done. Terms aren’t yet available.

8:50 AM: The Dallas Morning News reports that Nelson Cruz is close to signing a two-year deal with the Rangers, which would avoid arbitration. They have a hearing set for Monday in which he is seeking $7.5 million. Texas has countered with $5.5 million.

Cruz hit .263/.312/.509 with 29 HR and 87 RBI in 475 at bats. He misses a lot of time — he has never played in more than 128 games — but locking him up on a short term deal now probably saves the Rangers a good bit of money over what they’d have to pay in arbitration.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    He is a very dangerous hitter when healthy.

  2. buffalomafia - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    I agree if he stays healthy!

  3. SmackSaw - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Too bad he couldn’t reach that flyball in game 7.

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