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The Texas Rangers could have held Nelson Cruz back after he served his suspension. But they didn't. They activated him for the tiebreaker game last night. It's a sign that the club felt he had served his time and had atoned for his sins. Unlike how the San Francisco Giants seemed to feel about Melky Cabrera last season, the Rangers seemed to want Cruz back. And Cruz hopes they want him back next year.
Master Tefatsion of MLB.com says Cruz understands the Rangers' position and he understands what he did wrong, but he would like to return next year. Cruz served a 50-game suspension for his role in the Biogenesis scandal. No one knows the full extent of any players' involvement in that scandal, but Cruz has apologized and served his suspension quietly. In the meantime, the Rangers acquired Alex Rios.
Rios still has one more year left on his contract. Cruz does not. When Cruz hits the free agent market at the close of the postseason, the Rangers will have a decision to make. Do they want him back? And is he worth a qualifying offer? The calculation for a qualifying offer is not in yet, but last year it was $13.3 million. This season, Cruz made $10.5 million.
The Rangers have disappointed in each of the last two seasons. They need re-evaluate the entire lineup before making any decisions. It's hard to dispute Cruz's production in that lineup, though. In his eight seasons with the Rangers, Cruz is a .268/.328/.496 hitter. This season, he hit .269/.330/.511 with 27 home runs in 108 games.
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On Sunday, Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels confirmed that outfielder Nelson Cruz will be activated for Monday’s tie-breaker game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Cruz completed his 50-game suspension for the use of performance-enhancing drugs in Sunday’s season finale. While Cruz will be on the roster, it will be up to manager Ron Washington whether or not the 33-year-old...
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Nelson Cruz, who completed his 50-game suspension for PED use, will make his return to the Texas lineup tonight as the designated hitter in the American League tiebreaker game.
Cruz will bat sixth for the Rangers against Tampa Bay left-hander David Price.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Cruz, the Rangers designated outfielder Joey Butler for assignment...
Nelson Cruz is back in the lineup at just the right time. The Rangers took on the Rays on Monday night in a tiebreaker game to send one of the two teams to the playoffs in the Wild Card spot.
Cruz was back in the No. 6 spot in the batting order after serving a 50-game suspension for his role in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal, and the home crowd in Arlington welcomed...
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers will have an All-Star bat available Monday as they try to play their way into the American League wild-card game.
Outfielder Nelson Cruz, who was suspended for 50 games, will be activated for the game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Rangers will make a 40-man roster move before the game and the decision as to whether or not Cruz will start...
Nelson Cruz fit right back in with the Texas Rangers after completing his 50-game drug suspension.
The All-Star slugger was reinstated from the restricted list Monday by the Rangers, who immediately put him in their lineup. Cruz batted sixth as the designated hitter for the AL wild-card tiebreaker game against Tampa Bay.
"I feel really confident right now,'' Cruz said...
The Texas Rangers, who have been without slugger Nelson Cruz while he was serving a 50-game suspension, will activate him in time for tonight's tiebreaker game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
As reported by T.R. Sullivan and Master Tesfatsion of MLB.com, Cruz accepted a 50-game suspension by Major League Baseball in August
for violation of the Basic Agreement and its Joint...
ARLINGTON, Texas — Nelson Cruz fit right back in with the Texas Rangers after completing his 50-game drug suspension.
The All-Star slugger was reinstated from the restricted list Monday by the Rangers, who immediately put him in their lineup. Cruz will bat sixth as the designated hitter for the AL wild card tiebreaker game against Tampa Bay.
“I feel really confident right now...
Nelson Cruz has completed his 50-game drug suspension and is back in the lineup for the Texas Rangers.
The All-Star slugger was reinstated from the restricted list by the Rangers on Monday. He was in the lineup batting sixth as the designated hitter for their AL tiebreaker game against Tampa Bay.
It was the first major league game for Cruz since Aug. 4, the day before his suspension...
Nelson Cruz’s 50-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs has come to an end and he will be on the Texas Rangers’ active roster Monday for their tiebreaking game against Tampa Bay to determine the second American League wild-card team.
But only manager Ron Washington knows for sure if the outfielder will be in the lineup as the Rangers try to push themselves into...
ARLINGTON, Texas It's been less than 24 hours since the Texas Rangers had their season ended and manager Ron Washington said it will take some time to figure out exactly what went right and wrong for his team.
But Washington, who talked to the media Tuesday, made it clear that going forward he'd like to keep some of the key parts to the 2013 season in place for 2014.
Major League Baseball's investigation of the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic had an impact on the 2013 season, with 14 players suspended and 13 of them serving their penalties. It will have a lingering effect on the postseason.
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CRUZ CONTROL: Outfielder Nelson Cruz completed his 50-game suspension on Sunday, and Texas...
The Texas Rangers have gotten used to playing more than 162 games and into October.
This time, they only got an extra regular-season game - and didn't even get in the playoffs for the first time in four years.
Texas won at least 90 games for the fourth year in a row, even with suspended slugger Nelson Cruz missing 50 games and opening-day starter Matt Harrison pitching only...
The Texas Rangers (91-71), who began September with the AL West lead before a 5-15 slide, added game No. 163 to the regular season. They will host the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night in baseball’s first wild-card tiebreaker since 2007. Rookie left-hander Martin Perez (10-5, 3.55 ERA) starts for Texas on Monday against Tampa Bay and lefty David Price (9-8).
The Rangers beat...
After 162 regular-season games, the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers need one more to decide the second AL wild-card spot.
While the visiting Rays have the benefit of turning to reigning Cy Young Award winner David Price in their biggest game of the year, the Rangers are set to welcome back All-Star Nelson Cruz on Monday night.
The Rays (91-71) held on for a 7-6 win over Toronto...
The Texas Rangers saw their season coming to an end on Monday night, as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated them 5-2 in the Wild Card play-in game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (it was called Game 163, but we all know what the game was about). The Rays will play the Cleveland Indians in Wednesday night for the right to play the Boston Red Sox in the American League Divisional Playoffs...