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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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The Rangers eliminated another of their arbitration cases on Thursday, signing right fielder Nelson Cruz to a two-year, $16 million contract, according to a major-league source.
Cruz, 31, asked for $7.5 million in arbitration; the Rangers offered $5.5 million. His new deal covers his final two years of arbitration. After that, he is eligible for free agency.
Earlier this week,...
AL championship series MVP Nelson Cruz has agreed to a 16 million, two-year contract with the Texas Rangers.
The deal includes 500,000 in performance bonuses over the two years. With the agreement, negotiated by agents Sam and Seth Levinson, Cruz avoids an arbitration hearing that had been scheduled for next week.
A 31-year-old slugging outfielder, Cruz had asked for 7.5 million...
AL championship series MVP Nelson Cruz has agreed to a $16 million, two-year contract with the Texas Rangers.
The deal includes $500,000 in performance bonuses over the two years. With the agreement, negotiated by agents Sam and Seth Levinson, Cruz avoids an arbitration hearing that had been scheduled for next week.
A 31-year-old slugging outfielder, Cruz had asked for $7.5 million...
The Texas Rangers and right fielder Nelson Cruz avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to terms on a two-year contract.
The deal is worth $16 million for the 31-year-old Cruz, who helped Texas reach the World Series for the second straight year in 2011.
Cruz batted .263 with 29 home runs and a career-high 87 RBIs in 124 games last season.
He was also named MVP of the American...
The Texas Rangers bought out Nelson Cruz's final two arbitration years today, inking the outfielder to a two year, $16 million deal.
When healthy, the 31 year-old Cruz has been a masher for Texas. But injuries have been an issue for him, and his career high in plate appearances over three full seasons with the Rangers is just 515. Cruz has accrued 10.0 fWAR over those three...
With how good Nelson Cruz has been for the Rangers over the last few seasons, it can be easy to forget just how tumultuous his road to the majors was. It wasn’t too long ago, however, that Cruz was the definition of the “Quad-A” player, crushing Triple-A pitching but stymied against pitching in the major leagues. That’s why, despite turning 32 in July, Cruz is entering just...
NEW YORK (AP) -- AL championship series MVP Nelson Cruz has agreed to a $16 million, two-year contract with the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers are working on completing a two-year contract with outfielder Nelson Cruz that would keep him from going to an arbitration hearing both this offseason and next winter, a source confirmed Thursday morning.
The two-time defending American League champion Texas Rangers have agreed to a two-year contract with outfielder Nelson Cruz, the team announced on Thursday.