Found October 31, 2013 on Mets Merized Online:
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News is reporting that the Rangers have decided to tender a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer to Nelson Cruz, which he is expected to turn down in favor of a multi-year deal. “It’s a relatively easy decision,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “We’d be happy to have him back on a one-year deal. And we’re not prohibited from continuing to talk to him while he sees what the market is. If he signs elsewhere, we get a draft pick that helps us as well.” Cruz posted a .266/.327/.506 line with 27 homers in 456 PA this year and is currently 33 years old. It will be difficult for him to find a multi-year deal because of his recent steroid troubles — and if he does reject the qualifying offer as expected, he may find out the market is not as prosperous as he believes. Considering that the Mets have a protected pick and have no issue signing players that are trying to rebound off PED histories, he could be a potential target if the upper manageme...

Rangers rumors: Rangers will make qualifying offer to Nelson Cruz

The Texas Rangers are very likely to make this year’s qualifying offer of $14 million to right fielder Nelson Cruz says NBC’s Aaron Gleeman. A qualifying offer comes with stipulations for both the team and the player. If the player accepts the offer, then he receives only a one-year deal but makes $14 million, a very nice pay day. Should the player reject the offer...

Rangers will make $14.1 million qualifying offer to Nelson Cruz

The baseball season may or may not end with Game 6 of the World Series Wednesday night, but the Rangers have already made up their minds about their first bit of offseason roster construction. They will make a $14.1 million qualifying offer to Nelson Cruz, which will get them draft pick compensation if the free agent outfielder elects to sign elsewhere. “It’s a relatively...

Rangers decline 2014 option on Berkman

The Texas Rangers have opted to decline the 2014 option on designated hitter Lance Berkman. Berkman, 37, played in just 73 games with the Rangers in 2013 because of injuries and hit just .242 with six home runs and 34 RBI. The move saves the Rangers 12 million for next year, which is what the option was for. Berkman made 11 million this season. The Rangers will give Berkman a 1...

Rangers decline option on Berkman

The Texas Rangers have declined their $12 million contract option for Lance Berkman, making the 37-year-old switch-hitter a free agent. Berkman gets a $1 million buyout for the second year of the deal signed in January. Berkman hit .242 with six home runs and 34 RBIs in 73 games this season. He went on the disabled list July 7 with a left inflammation and a sore right knee, and...

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Closer Joe Nathan is waiting and wondering what the Texas Rangers are going to do about his option for 2014. But he knows what he'd like to do: Negotiate a multiyear deal. The Rangers have three days to either exercise Nathan's $9 million option for next season or cut him a check for $750,000 as a buyout. If the club decides to exercise the option, Nathan has the right to...

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Any other year, a Cornyn-Abbott-Dewhurst-Bush primary lineup would look like a Republican winner. Not this year. At least, not yet. And time is short before March 5 voting. With U.S. Sen. John Cornyn all but daring the Tea Party to challenge him, and with three opponents chasing Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, traditional Republicans seem due for a jolt. But Nolan can change all that...

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After losing Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli to free agency, failing to sign Zack Greinke from the open market and striking out on a Justin Upton trade, a setback for the Rangers in the American League playoff race seemed inevitable. In the AL West, the A's had improved and the Angels had added some big names. The Indians, Royals and Orioles would make the wild-card race more competitive...
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