Former Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz is seeking a four-year, $75 million deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Cruz looks to make $18.75 million per year for his next team. That is an extravagant amount of money. Is he worth it and who is interested?
Before the offseason, I predicted Cruz to head to the Kansas City Royals. Now knowing that he expects $75 million, I do not think they'll make a run for a 33-year-old, formerly PED suspended outfielder. I don't think many teams will be in the running for a $75 million deal with Cruz. Jon Heyman speculates that many teams could be in on the righty, including the Athletics, Mets, and Mariners. The Rangers haven't ruled out re-signing Cruz, but after trading for Prince Fielder, I wouldn't expect them to go after another expensive bat.
Cruz, in 2013, hit .266/.327/.506 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI and a .295 BABIP (not lucky or unlucky). He also was tagged with a 50-game suspension in the Biogenesis scandal for PEDs. Cruz could be a nice option in the outfield, but could come with some risks in 2014.