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Nelson Cruz tells Rangers he’s rejecting qualifying offer

Nov 11, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

Nelson Cruz AP

Today is the deadline for free agents to accept or decline qualifying offers made by teams and Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that Nelson Cruz has informed the Rangers he’ll reject the deal.

That means Cruz is confident he can do better than a one-year, $14.1 million deal on the open market. Not shocking, certainly, but interesting considering he’s a good but not great 33-year-old corner outfielder coming off a season in which he was suspended 50 games for performance-enhancing drugs and any team signing him would lose a draft pick.

When in the Rangers’ lineup Cruz hit .266 with 27 homers and an .833 OPS in 107 games, basically matching his career norms. If he signs elsewhere the Rangers will get a draft pick as compensation.

  1. jpash42 - Nov 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Not all teams will lose a draft pick!!! The Phillies are intrested and their pick is protected!!!

  2. kennyadler1 - Nov 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    He has been pretty selfish the last few months….think I am ok with him moving on….need to sign BMcCann now for sure

  3. stex52 - Nov 11, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Judging from Hunter Pence’s contract and the numbers they are talking about for Choo, I would expect Cruz to exceed the total compensation by a lot, if not on an AAV basis. At 33 he probably judges that anything he gets multi-year exceeds the risk of getting contracts year-to-year.

    Besides, Texas will probably be willing to offer him a better deal.

  4. kicksave1980 - Nov 11, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    When a guy hitting .266 and under 30HR is waiting for more than the $14M qualifying offer, I have to scratch my head. Good for him if he can get it, but the GM that signs that deal should be fired.

    • stex52 - Nov 11, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      3 years, 30 MM$? (for instance). Given the market today, I bet a lot of GM’s would jump for that deal. And it’s better than 1yr / 14 MM$ when you don’t have any guarantees.

    • rangermania - Nov 11, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      The Rangers went out of their way to make Cruz feel wanted in spite of his situation and just like Josh he turns on them. The guy isn’t even worth the 14mil.So many times he couldn’t even muster a single to save a game. Homers are few and far between but singles can win games every day. He is no clutch hitter and the Rangers can do better for less. He is 50 games behind and should work for less that last year. Time to move on.

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