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Rangers GM Jon Daniels closes the book on the Nelson Cruz era in Texas

Dec 27, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

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The Rangers formally introduced free agent signee Shin-Soo Choo at a press conference earlier today. GM Jon Daniels signed the outfielder to a seven-year, $130 million deal. Including Choo’s $14 million salary for 2014, the Rangers stand at about $116 million guaranteed to 15 players, leaving them $9 million shy of last season’s Opening Day payroll of $125 million.

It seems obvious, though you can never assume, but the Rangers are done with the heavy lifting. Daniels called free agent Nelson Cruz to thank him for his time in Texas. Daniels expects Cruz to sign elsewhere, according to ESPN’s Richard Durrett. Rangers co-chairman Bob Simpson also said that the club is over budget and thus unlikely to get involved the Masahiro Tanaka bidding, per Durrett.

  1. dcfan4life - Dec 27, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    The Rangers have proven time and time again recently that when it comes to free agents they are quite unpredictable. So saying they wont even bid for Tanaka makes sense, but i wouldnt be surprised at all if they not only bid for him but landed him.

  2. nymets4ever - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    He turned down 5/75 from Seattle..any team dumb enough to top that will deserve the albatross hell that will surely befall them..

    • ewampus - Dec 28, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      It still boggles my mind that he turned that contract

      • ewampus - Dec 28, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        *Turned down

  3. fanofevilempire - Dec 28, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Texas players should remember they don’t owe Ryan sheet, he has no respect for his own free agent players, that’s why they will never win anything in Texas.

    • robotmonkeycat - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      If you are speaking of Nolan Ryan, as of October, he is no longer with the club and has sold all of his interests. Plus while he did have some involvement with player signings, John Daniels was(and is) the one who had the driving force and the last word. Lack of total control and losing out to JD in decisions was one of the reasons(and probably the primary one) why he left.

  4. markofapro - Dec 28, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Over budget? Rangers are a top 5 market team. I like owners who manage their money effectively but it seems with over 3 million plus attendance last 2 seasons, a new TV deal, and a strong farm system, there would be a little more flexibility.

    • paperlions - Dec 28, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      The “owners” borrowed much of the money to buy the team. There are more expenses for new owners, especially those that don’t pay cash, that just player salary.

  5. aphillieated - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Nelson Cruz is the biggest loser of this offseason.

  6. dylanthom2013 - Dec 28, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Still has pop and a strong throwing arm, but not sure anyone should give him 3 years. Wouldn’t mind him back at 2 years with team option for a 3rd, but that’s it.

  7. csbanter - Dec 28, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Ron Washington does not get enough credit for the job he has done in Texas.

    • oilrod - Dec 29, 2013 at 12:08 AM

      Repeat that, I think I read this wrong. Ron Washington Gets to much Credit. He gets all the credit for all the years he has rode the shirt tails of the super stars this team has had. Now they have gone he has not done a thing to help them win. He has been out guessed by ever manager he has played against.

      • dylanthom2013 - Dec 29, 2013 at 4:14 PM

        Oilrod, ask any Rangers player and they’ll tell you they love playing for RW.

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