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Rangers keeping in touch with Nelson Cruz, could re-sign him if price becomes “reasonable”

Feb 19, 2014, 6:22 PM EDT

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The Mariners, Mets, and Orioles have all been linked to free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz over the past couple of weeks, but March is approaching and the 33-year-old remains unsigned. Could a return to the Rangers become an option if this saga continues?

According to Lyle Spencer of MLB.com, the Texas front office has maintained regular contact with Cruz and his agent Adam Katz and could bring him back in 2014 if the asking price becomes “reasonable.”

“We’ve touched base every week or so,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told MLB.com on Wednesday in Surprise, Arizona. “Nellie’s highly regarded here. We have a good relationship with Adam. We made our moves [for Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo] and kind of expected [Cruz] to sign elsewhere. But we’ll see where it goes. It’s a unique situation for him as a free agent. … When we made our decision to sign Choo, it was with the understanding that [Cruz's] best opportunity would be to sign elsewhere. I don’t know what’s going on with other teams and Nellie. … If that came to pass, we would talk about it.”

Cruz batted .266/.327/.506 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI in 109 games last season for Texas before getting suspended in August for purchasing PEDs from the Biogenesis clinic. He declined a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Rangers in November, tying his free agency to draft pick compensation.

  1. kruegere - Feb 19, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    They can’t sign him, Ron Washington already set the lineup. Its too late.

  2. yournuts - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Is this really news? Anyone can sign him if the price is right! No?

  3. cmtill14 - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    If he was 5-10 years older, Amaro might give him a 7 yr deal with the Phils. Unfortunately, he’s too young at this point.

    Speaking of Amaro, did we ever confirm if he signed the “Phossum” this morning?

  4. happytwinsfan - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    if they thought his best opportunity was to sign elsewhere, and didn’t expect to sign him themselves, then why did they lessen his best opportunity elsewhere by making him a qualifying offer?

    • jarathen - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:51 AM

      Because they could either bring him back for less than qualifying or receive a draft pick as compensation.

      • happytwinsfan - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:11 AM

        Must have coffee.

  5. uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    If his (Cruz’s) price becomes reasonable they may have to fight off the Mariners to sign him with the Mariners needing more offense.

  6. markofapro - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    JD speaking in code again: “I don’t know what’s going with other teams.” OR, I’m actively shopping Mitch Moreland so I can sign Cruz to DH.

  7. creek0512 - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Did you get any money from AT&T for that image?

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