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Rangers haven’t talked to Nelson Cruz about Miami New Times report

Jan 31, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez is getting all the headlines, but Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz was also among the players that yesterday’s Miami New Times report linked to a biogenesis clinic that sold performance-enhancing drugs.

Rangers boss Nolan Ryan was asked about the story and said the team hasn’t spoken to Cruz about it, via Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas:

When something like that happens, I think we need to let things settle down. It’s an ongoing investigation by Major League Baseball, so that’s kind of the position we’ve taken.

And of course because Nelson Cruz isn’t Alex Rodriguez no one is suggesting the Rangers should release him or try to void his contract or banish him to the moon or any of that fun stuff.

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com speculated yesterday that even if Cruz were to be suspended the Rangers would likely stay in-house with a short-term replacement.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    I wish A-Rod would grow a ridiculous goatee, bleach it blond, and do a serious heel turn. There are so many in the herd with their pitchforks out for him, he should try to revel in it. He’s so insecure, he wants to be liked and admired so badly, this is what’s sad about it.

    Embrace the hate, Alex, play the heel. Watch CC’s appearance on MLB Talk if you need some pointers. Go all out. Rent some of Charlie Sheen’s old goddesses. Have some fun for godssakes. What’s the point of being that rich if you don’t go big?

    • historiophiliac - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      ring, ring

      “Cacique speaking.”
      “Hey, man. It’s AJ Pierzynski. Let’s have a beer…”

      • unclemosesgreen - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        Perfect – I could have saved so many words. A.J. should be his spirit guide.

    • cur68 - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      Totally agree. Treat the press like Bonds used to treat them. Why the hell not?

  2. Detroit Michael - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    I guess the commenters still want to talk about Alex Rodriguez! This actually is a Nelson Cruz post, guys (although I understand that tangentially it also is about the contrast with A-Rod’s media coverage).

    • unclemosesgreen - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      But Michael, no one hates Nelson Cruz and he’s never been linked to PED’s before. That’s no fun.

      But let’s talk about Mr. Cruz for a moment, shall we? He was DFA’d in 2008, and then he cleared waivers. Anyone could have had him for nothing, and no one wanted him. Perhaps this is the low moment when he discovered the power of the deer?

      Fear the Deer!

  3. lewp - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    The Rangers haven’t done anything this off-season, they haven’t talked to Cruz yet, just what are the Rangers doing besdies raising ticket prices and letting the roster get run through like crap through a goose?

    • historiophiliac - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      It’s like they were caught unawares and don’t have a plan b…and everyone’s gone fishin’.

  4. yankeepunk3000 - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    I love the difference of the teams…

    Rangers: let’s wait and see what happends before we say anything else about our player.

    Yankees: We don’t have all the facts but we have all of A-rods things ready to go back to the Dominican republic. Make sure he pays for destroying our loyalty!!! Attack him fans attack! its the honorable thing to do

    • historiophiliac - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Are the Yanks actually saying that or just their fans?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Yankees: We don’t have all the facts but we have all of A-rods things ready to go back to the Dominican republic.

      Why would he go back to the DR? He was born in NYC…

      • yankeepunk3000 - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        you really read a lot into a 2 second post there man

  5. zipsports - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    I see your point but the reason that Cruz isn’t getting talked about like Rodiguez is because Cruz isn’t on the “superstar” level like A-Rod. A-Rod is one of those “once in a generation” type guys. Remember the hype surrounding him when Bonds broke Hank Aaron’s record? A-Rod was supposed to be the one that broke Bonds’ record, and was said that he would break it “cleanly.” I think that’s why there is more backlash for him.

  6. halohonk - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Well at least there is one Texas fan thats wondering what the Rangers are or should i say arent doing this offseason. Angel fans are scratching our heads also and loving it. Now with Cruz staring at 50 days, looks like the Rangers are sinking lower in the west than the setting sun.

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