Found February 09, 2012 on
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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 years, and is an above average fielder in right, logging +24 DRS over the last three seasons. The righty has excellent power, with a career ISO of .233, and decent speed, stealing 46 bases over the last three years. His stolen base total has declined each season since 2009 though.
At his peak, Cruz is probably about a .280/.340/.510 player, but BABIP fluctuation has resulted in those numbers going all across the board. As his prime comes to and end, he's probably out of line for a big payday unless he has monster seasons in 2012 and 2013. The signing will likely push Texas's payroll above $100 mill...
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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...
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 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...
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.