Found October 01, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
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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. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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