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Rangers likely to make qualify offer to Nelson Cruz

Oct 3, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

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Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News that he’s leaning toward making a qualifying offer to impending free agent Nelson Cruz, which would either dramatically increase his odds of returning to Texas or crush his value on the open market.

Qualifying offers are essentially one-year, $14 million deals. Cruz could simply accept, in which case he’ll be back with the Rangers at that salary for 2014, or he could decline and then if/when he signs elsewhere the Rangers will get a draft pick as compensation.

As a 34-year-old coming off a 50-game suspension Cruz would probably struggle to generate a ton of multi-year interest as a free agent anyway, so he might be better off taking the one-year deal for what is a big salary and hitting the open market next year. How many other teams will be interested in losing a draft pick for the right to give him a big multi-year deal?

  1. seanb20124 - Oct 3, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Talking bout Ted Cruz I bet

  2. oilrod - Oct 3, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    14 Million is a ton of money for an everyday DH. Rangers would be crazy to put Cruz in the field and limit their defense. If he had DH’d three years ago everybody would have a series ring. 14 Million and having to set on the Bench for Beltre to rest once a week , How can the Rangers justify his value there?

  3. smorrow66 - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Great deal – we know what Nellie can do with the bat. Rios has been a great addition, so RF is covered. Plus, Lance “I dont celebrate walk off wins” Berkman and his $11 million is gone. Nellie made 10.5 last year but lost about 1/3 of that in the suspension. So its a raise for Nellie, but a gain for the Rangers in an overall sense financially.

    We desperately need power in the lineup. LF, 1B are now priorities now. I would rather try to trade Kins, even if it means eating salary and keep Profar at 2B, than move Kins to RF.

  4. clydeserra - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Serious question: why was in it for the players union when they agreed to the qualifying ogger system

  5. leothelyon - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    As a 34-year-old coming off a 50-game suspension

    They ( Texas coaching ) pulled a guy batting .440 11 for 25 with 3 HR and 3 RBIs in his last ten games so this Cruz could go 0 for 4 in in a loss to Tampa Bay that eliminated them from the playoffs. Now that’s what I call some real smart coaching. NOT!

  6. leothelyon - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    And this G Soto guy who they pulled had a HR and double the day before and Texas pulled him for this Cruz coming off a 50 game suspension. The entire team was likely affected. Is there any wonder why Texas lost? They were leading the division up to Sept then they fell apart. What happen? It was the coaching and management, no doubt!

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