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Rangers to make $14 million qualifying offer to Nelson Cruz

Oct 31, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Texas acquired Alex Rios to fill the right field void following Nelson Cruz‘s suspension, but then the Rangers welcomed Cruz back for Game 163 and now keeping him around for 2014 looks like a realistic possibility too.

Cruz is a free agent and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers will make him a qualifying offer, meaning Cruz can either accept a one-year deal worth around $14 million or Texas will receive draft pick compensation when he signs elsewhere. General manager Jon Daniels called it “a relatively easy decision.”

It also means any team signing Cruz would be forced to part with a draft pick, furthering weakening his market value in addition to the suspension fallout and being 33 years old. In other words, taking the one-year deal for a premium salary might be his best option, although according to Grant right now Cruz and his representation are leaning toward rejecting the qualifying offer.

  1. jarathen - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Cruz has to take this deal. The qualifying offer will kill the market for his services, and who is going go give a 34 year-old more than two years anyway? Stay in Texas, where your numbers inflate, and cash a $14 million check.

    • paperlions - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      Yeah, this should be an easy decision for both sides. Cruz on a 1-year deal is low risk and a big upgrade over Rios, and Cruz won’t get a higher AAV even without the QO.

  2. jaker85 - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    14 Million? Why wouldn’t you use PEDs. Baseball is a joke.

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      Without the suspension and QO he likely gets more than $14 million along with more than 1 year. It hurt his earning potential by a lot. Do you think he shouldn’t make anything at all? One strike and you’re out?

      • paperlions - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        It is hard to say. He’s 33 and not a star. With draft pick compensation attached, his market would be hugely depressed…and 33 yr olds with his track record generally are not safe bets for more than a couple of years at $10M or so….I mean, yeah, teams do it….but those deals are usually huge fails (often starting in year 1) when the player is that age and was never a star.

      • hansob - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        Well… we also don’t know what his numbers would be without the PEDs. So there’s that.

    • 18thstreet - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      WHY ARE YOU HERE?

    • sportsfan18 - Oct 31, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      No, PED’s in the NFL are what is a joke…

  3. chip56 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Yeah, if you’re Cruz you have to grab this if it’s offered. Take the $14 million; at most he was looking at a Melky Cabrera type of 2 year deal if he hit the market; but with the QO on the table not many teams are going to drop a draft pick for a player with PED questions (especially after Melky went in the tank last year as a presumably clean player).

    Stay in Texas, have a solid season, hit the market again at 35 and go year by year for as long as someone will pay you.

  4. jadaruler - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Somebody will overpay for Cruz and I hope the draft pick it brings will give the Rangers a Wacha of their own.

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