An estimated 300 fans stood in line Wednesday night in southwest Fort Worth for what might be their final glance at Nelson Cruz.

The free-agent outfielder hopes he and the Texas Rangers can find an agreement that would keep him swinging for the fences at Rangers Ballpark, but didn’t seem hopeful as he talked about the business side of baseball.

General manager Jon Daniels, speaking earlier in the day in Dallas at the annual media holiday luncheon, didn’t give much reason to be optimistic about a reunion either.

The Rangers, he said in a familiar refrain, are likely out on any additional big-ticket off-season acquisitions. Barring Cruz and the Rangers finding middle ground, and Rangers not first doing so with Shin-Soo Choo, the Boomstick will be elsewhere in 2014.

“It’s been tough, but I understand it’s part of the process,” said Cruz, who participated in a toy drive benefiting ACH Child and Family Services at an area T-Mobile store. “Hopefully, we’ll work something out. It’s something that’s a fit for me and my family. We’ve talked. They say that they want me, but it’s a business.”

The business aspect is Cruz’s contract demands and what the Rangers want to pay him. The Rangers don’t appear interested in giving him the maximum deal he is seeking, as many as four years at more than $15 million annually, but would prefer two guaranteed years and possibly a club or vesting option.

Daniels also isn’t interested in paying Choo’s current asking price of seven years, $153 million, which is what another Scott Boras client, Jacoby Ellsbury, received from the New York Yankees.

The Rangers are also considering how far they are willing to go with Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who has yet to be posted by his team in Nippon Professional Baseball.