The Texas Rangers have agreed to a two-year deal with right fielder Nelson Cruz, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The deal is for $16mm plus an unknown amount of incentives.
The two-year deal will take Cruz up to free agency. When healthy, Cruz can be one of the most feared hitters in the league. But the key is health as he has played in only an average of 120 games over the last three seasons.
Back in November, we heard Cruz express his desire to sign a long-term deal with Texas. Cruz did receive a five-year offer from Texas prior to the start of the 2011 season, but wasn't happy with the overall money.
Last season, Cruz hit .263 with 29 home runs and 87 RBIs, but saw a 55 point decrease in his average from last season.
Though a deal was agreed upon, the sides will continue to work on a long-term deal.
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