Nelson Cruz lifts Orioles on Opening Day

The Orioles defeated the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Opening Day yesterday afternoon. Chris Tillman took on the defending World Series champions, limiting the powerful lineup to 1 run (a Grady Sizemore solo HR) over five innings. While he wasn’t at his sharpest in this outing, he was able to get key outs when he needed them. Tillman will look to build off of a breakout season in 2013...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Nelson Cruz Didn’t Use PEDs To Improve His Vertical Leap

Thanks to Nelson Cruz’s 7th inning-homer, the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox, 2-1, on Opening Day at Camden Yards on Monday.…
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Nelson Cruz hits solo home run in 7th to lift Orioles to 2-1 win over Red Sox on Opening Day

The path that brought Nelson Cruz to the orange carpet for Opening Day introductions at Camden Yards on Monday afternoon wasn’t the one he imagined months ago when he became a free agent. But if there was any doubt in his mind whether he landed in the right place, those questions were answered quickly. As Cruz ran down the carpet before the Orioles’ season opener against the...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Lineup Advice: Start/Sit for 3/31

Today is most teams’ Opening Day for the 2014 Major League Baseball season. In this space, I’m going to list for fantasy owners three players to start and three you should consider sitting.  Here are your top three Starts/Sits for March 31: Start Nelson Cruz, Orioles- Cruz has hammered Red Sox starter Jon Lester, to [...]
Via RotoBaller
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Nelson Cruz’s CT scan comes back clean

Results of a CT scan on Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz has come back clean. Cruz took a pitch off his helmet in Thursday’s game against Tampa Bay. The pitch was a slow breaking ball and he scan was considered precautionary. After being hit Cruz was able to stand back up before being attended to by team trainers. Cruz CT scan came back clean. He's fine #Orioles...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles get first look at new addition Nelson Cruz

Baltimore Orioles get first look at new addition Nelson CruzThe Baltimore Orioles agreed to a contract with power-hitting outfielder Nelson Cruz on a 1-year, $8 million dollar contract on February 22nd. Cruz, a former member of the Texas Rangers, batted .266 with 27 home runs and 76 runs batted in over 109 games in 2013, before the Biogenesis scandal led to a 50 game suspension after...
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Nelson Cruz says 'I want to be in the fire right away'

Today's intrasquad game – which is slated to begin around 11 a.m. -- will be closed to the public now that it has been moved to the Ed Smith Stadium field. It was originally scheduled to take place on one of the back fields of the complex, but those fields are wet because of storms that went through the area. Nelson Cruz will see game action for the first time. He’s hitting...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Nelson Cruz Signs with Baltimore

Photo credit: dbadair Nelson Cruz had been searching for a lucrative long-term deal the whole offseason, and, to his dismay, was unable to find one. But on Monday the Baltimore Orioles finalized a one-year, $8 million contract with the 33-year-old slugger. What made signing Cruz such an arduous task was the fact that he had draft pick compensation attached to any deal he signed,...
Via The Fantasy Fix
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Cruz meets the press and has support...

We all know that the newest Oriole designated hitter Nelson Cruz has had a checkered history as of late due to his involvement and suspension in the sordid Biogenesis saga. Yesterday, he met the media and had the full support of his teammates. In the past, Nick Markakis and Chris Davis have made it a point to speak about against PED abuse in the sport; however, he and other...
Via Oriole Post
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

No Guarantee Mets Would Have Gotten Nelson Cruz For Bargain Price

It is an oversimplification to suggest the New York Mets could have signed Nelson Cruz for the same $8 million the Orioles did, if not a little more. Especially when juxtaposed against the Chris Young signing for $7.25 million. I was against the Young signing, but that had nothing to do with Cruz, whom I would have balked against because of his connection to PEDs and defensive liabilities...
Via New York Mets Report
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

The Players’ Association May Target Qualifying Offers

With Nelson Cruz signing a one-year, $8 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles, qualifying offers are back in the spotlight. The executive director of the player’s association, Tony Clark, has issued a statement saying he’s “concerned” about how qualifying offers are affecting the free agent market. Unions deal in politics and in this case concerned […]
Via Fangraphs
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Nelson Cruz: How the free agent market develops

One of the most beautiful things about the business side of baseball is that there is no salary cap, and save for some revenue sharing, is a good example of free-market capitalism at work. The purpose of this article is neither to sing the praises of nor denounce free-market capitalism – politics and sports go about as well together as peanut butter and tuna fish.  But in order...
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles Add Nelson Cruz

The Orioles again made a late splash in free-agency by signing outfielder / designated hitter Nelson Cruz to a one-year deal worth $8 million. Cruz, 33, batted .266 with 27 home runs and 76 RBIs with the Texas Rangers last season. Cruz appeared in 109 games before a 50 game Performance Enhancing Drugs suspension ended his season. The addition of Cruz adds a legitimate power threat to an
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Why Mets Fans Shouldn't Be Upset About The Nelson Cruz Deal

Yesterday's news that Nelson Cruz signed with the Baltimore Orioles for just one year and only $8 million dollars was met with significant vitrol from a variety of Mets fans who choose to remain ignorant to the reality of the situation.  Chris Young signed with the Mets back on November 26th.  At that time, Nelson Cruz was rumored to be looking for a minimum of a five-year...
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February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Storylines: Orioles capitalize on Cruz's crashing market

In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI. Here are the stories from Saturday, February 22nd. Top Stories  The market for Nelson Cruz crashed all the way down to a one-year, $8 million deal...
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February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Cruz and Orioles Agree to Deal...

The Orioles earlier this morning added slugger Nelson Cruz to the roster, as expected. He signed a one, year $8 million contract with the team. From ESPN: The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract with free agent slugger Nelson Cruz, ESPN and multiple media outlets are reporting. A source told that Cruz's deal also includes...
Via Oriole Post
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles and Nelson Cruz agree on contract

The Baltimore Orioles finished the 2013 season with a record of 85-77.  Although the Orioles missed the playoffs, they were 5th in the league in runs scored, lead by Chris Davis and Adam Jones.  The team entered 2014 Spring Training with a solid group of core players, but after losing Nate McClouth and Nick Markakis coming off an average season, the Orioles were looking for another...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

AP source: Nelson Cruz, Orioles reach 1-year deal

A person familiar with the deal tells the Associated Press that free agent slugger Nelson Cruz and the Baltimore Orioles have reached agreement on a one-year contract. The person spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity because the contract was not complete. Cruz will earn about $8.5 million, and can make more in performance bonuses. Other media outlets had reported a deal was...
Via AP on Fox
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles land slugger Nelson Cruz

Assuming that he passes his physical (never a sure thing in Baltimore), 33-year-old, free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz will join the Baltimore Orioles on a one-year, $8 million contract, according to ESPN’s Enrique Rojas. The deal includes $750,000 in incentives which still leaves Cruz well below the $14 million qualifying offer the Texas Rangers presented the right-handed slugger...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles agree to terms with a big-name slugger

Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Baltimore Orioles and Nelson Cruz have agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract, pending a physical. Nelson Cruz and #Orioles agree 1 year $8 million contract. Incentives. Physical tomorrow. — Enrique Rojas/ESPN (@Enrique_Rojas1) February 22, 2014 The deal includes $750,000 in incentives...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles sign outfielder Nelson Cruz to one-year deal

The Baltimore Orioles have signed outfielder Nelson Cruz to a one-year deal worth $8 million. Cruz had to wait until late February to land a contract after being linked to multiple teams since the start of free agency. The outfielder missed the last 50 games of the regular season for the Texas Rangers after being suspended for PEDs. Nelson Cruz and #Orioles agree 1 year $8 million...
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles, Cruz agree to one-year, $8 million deal

The Orioles have agreed to terms on a one-year, $8 million contract with free agent Nelson Cruz, a Major League source confirmed to on Saturday. The deal, pending a physical, was first reported by ESPNDeportes and comes just days after the team made its first major move in signing right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez to a four-year, $50 million deal. Cruz, 33, adds another power...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Nelson Cruz signs one-year deal with Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles continued their fancy offseason spending, agreeing to a one-year contract with Nelson Cruz for $8 million. The contract's details were reported by ESPN's Enrique Rojas, and as always, the completion of the deal is pending a physical. Cruz is reportedly going to serve as Baltimore's designated hitter, and I'd expect that Cruz will displace non...
Via The Outside Corner
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles Reportedly Closing in on Nelson Cruz

Well, after acquiring right-handed hurler Ubaldo Jimenez to a four-year fact this week, the Orioles are once again shopping around. They may be closing in on another big-time purchase and one sorely needed. The Orioles probably need another bat – mainly, a designated hitter - to contend and fortify their lineup. Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that they are ready to strike...
Via Oriole Post
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles closing in on a deal for Cruz

Free agent slugger Nelson Cruz is close to a deal with the Orioles, according to people familiar with the deal. The Cruz signing, once finalized, would be the second major signing within days for Baltimore, which is obviously going for it now. The Orioles will have one of the better lineups in baseball once Cruz is in the fold. There are still a couple issues to be resolved, according...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

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