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Report: Nelson Cruz could appeal Biogenesis suspension

Jul 31, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT

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The word Tuesday was that everyone in the Biogenesis scandal not named Alex Rodriguez was ready to accept their fate and serve 50-game suspensions. Nelson Cruz, though, may not have gotten that memo. The New York Post’s Joel Sherman and USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale are reporting that Cruz may appeal his suspension in order to remain the Texas lineup through the end of the season.

Obviously, that’d be great news for the Rangers. Cruz is an overrated player with his subpar defense in right field and modest OBPs, but the Rangers still need his bat in the middle of the lineup. He’s in the midst of his best season since 2010, hitting .271/.334/.501 with 24 homers and 72 RBI in 103 games.

It’s possible that Cruz is being influenced by the Rangers in his decision. Expectations were that he wouldn’t be re-signed as a free agent this winter, suspension or no suspension, but the Rangers could have assured that he’d presented with an offer f he finished out this season on the roster. That’d be very important since, with a suspension of at least 50 games and possibly more like 65 hanging over his head, there’d seem to be little demand for his services in free agency. He’d most likely have to take a one-year contract in an attempt to rebuild his value.

  1. gothapotamus90210 - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Handshake deal between JD and Cruz? They must know he won’t get suspended in 2013 if he appeals. Appeal, get hit in 2014, Rangers give him a QO (approximately $13.8M, obviously prorated for suspension).

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    And the plot thickens!

  3. indians131184 - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    And this is why teams should not be allowed to void contracts for PEDs. Imagine the power they would hold if they could, and a scenario like this came up with a player who had a year left on his deal. What an enormous bargaining chip to strong arm a player into complying with the team’s wishes.

    • jfk69 - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      Buddy has that simpleton act down pat.
      lets not forget his transgression
      He was a big part with Reisendorf
      Selig was part of the owners’ collusion in 1985–1987, resulting in the owners paying $280 million in damages to the players.
      See how it works

  4. jfk69 - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Good for him
    Arod has too much baggage
    Bud never got over paying the players for his part in the owners collusion scandal.
    Selig was part of the owners’ collusion in 1985–1987, resulting in the owners paying $280 million in damages to the players.

  5. jfk69 - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Everybody watching the hens now. Keep your eyes on the foxes and head fox Selig worrying about his legacy

  6. tcostant - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    THe Rangers should sign him to an extention now and tell him to appeal…

  7. jason9696 - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    He cost the Rangers the World Series a few years ago. When he took a terrible route to the fly ball that should have been caught to end the game against St. Louis.

  8. stoutfiles - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Please appeal Cruz! I need you for fantasy…

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