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Nelson Cruz’s agents wanted a four-year, $56 million deal last winter

Sep 6, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, currently serving a 50-game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, recently switched representatives, changing from the Levinson brothers to Adam Katz. Sources close to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports have learned that the Levinson brothers went to the Rangers last off-season and suggested a four-year, $56 million deal for their client. The Rangers declined, a decision that seems much more justified now than it did then.

Though Cruz won’t be donning a Rangers uniform for the rest of the regular season, there is a chance the team will add him to their post-season roster, though there is no guarantee. Once the playoffs are over, Cruz will become eligible for free agency. He is expected to draw some interest as one of just a few elite hitters available, but his age, injury history, and involvement with Biogenesis could bring down his price.

Prior to accepting his suspension, Cruz was hitting .269 with 27 home runs and an .841 OPS.

  1. rbj1 - Sep 6, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    1 year, $1 million incentive laden contract. I’d want to see how well he does steroid free.

    • chip56 - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      He’s going to get more than Melky Cabrera did.

    • pjmarn6 - Sep 7, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      rbj1 hit the ball out of the ball park. All baseball players should get incentive laden contracts. They are paid to perform. If they don’t perform, they don’t get paid.
      A movie star can do a great performance in a terrible film. But when they do a lousy job in a film, they know that the next offer is going to be a lot less. Agents and starts sit by the phone waiting for calls and when the phone doesn’t ring, they don’t get paid.
      Guaranteeing a ball player a multiyear contract is extremely foolish. I would go as far as it is insane.

  2. thegonz13 - Sep 6, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Man, the Rangers sure are glad they dodged that bullet!

  3. chip56 - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    He’ll get 3 years and probably 21 to 27 million.

  4. chip56 - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Melky got what? 2 years at 8 mil per right? Cruz is a better player with a better track record, no way he gets less than what Melky did.

  5. Walk - Sep 7, 2013 at 4:22 AM

    I am in agreement with most of the commenters above. Seems like he might get about half of what he was otherwise worth imo. His best bet is to sign a one year deal and hope for a good year and try for the multiyear deal next year. I think that is the best option to recoup what the suspension is going to cost him going into free agency.

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