Nelson Cruz remains the biggest offensive threat left on the free agent market and despite few public rumblings it appears as though a market might finally be starting to develop. Jeff Wilson of the Ft. Worth Star Telegram spoke with Cruz recently, mostly about his feelings about leaving the Texas Rangers after eight seasons, and learned that the slugger has received interest from four teams.
Unsurprisingly it doesn’t appear as though Cruz mentioned which teams were in the mix.
Cruz hit .266/.327/.506 in 456 PA this past season, adding 27 HR and an All Star Game selection. Cruz also missed 50 games, serving a suspension relating to his involvement with BioGenesis and performance enhancing drugs.
Texas did extend a qualifying offer following the season, which he declined, but the Rangers had still been open to re-signing him up until they brought in Shin-Soo Choo before Christmas. Unlike others involved with BioGenesis who served suspensions this past season (i.e Jhonny Peralta, ...