Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/9/12

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 League Championship Series after swatting six homers and driving in 13 runs against Detroit.

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