Nelson Cruz RUMORS & NEWS

  • Nelson Cruz, Mariners agree "Veteran outfielder Nelson Cruz has agreed to a multiyear deal with the Seattle Mariners, pending a physical, a league source confirmed to's Jerry Crasnick. A source told's Enrique Rojas the two sides agreed on a four-year, $57 million deal that also includes a $1..." December 02

  • Would Mariners ignore PED past and go all in on Nelson Cruz?

    Fox Sports "The Seattle Mariners, in desperate need of right-handed power, appear in many ways to be a perfect fit for free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz. Cruz led the majors with 40 home runs this year. The Mariners hit only 28 homers against left-handed pitching, the fewest of any American League team...." November 15

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    Nick Cafardo @nickcafardo

    Right now Nelson Cruz' five-year demand is a major stumbling block in serious contract talks. The Orioles for one, aren't going there.

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    Brittany Ghiroli @Britt_Ghiroli

    Nelson Cruz does not accept the Orioles qualifying offer. Was expected. He will test the FA market. Os get a pick if he signs elsewhere.

  • Nelson Cruz, a big bargain in 2014, is seeking four-year deal "Free-agent slugger Nelson Cruz turned out to be the biggest free-agent bargain in baseball when he hit an MLB-high 40 home runs after signing a one-year, $8 million deal with the Orioles. Now word is, Cruz is very much hoping not to be that sort of bargain again. Cruz is seeking a four-year..." November 04

  • Nelson Cruz receives qualifying offer

    Masn "The Orioles made the expected move this afternoon and extended a $15.3 million qualifying offer to outfielder Nelson Cruz. The deadline was 5 p.m. Cruz will turn it down, of course, and continue to seek a four- or five-year deal in free agency. The Orioles will continue to negotiate with his..." November 04

  • Orioles face decision on qualifying offer for Cruz

    CSN Baltimore "Today is the final day teams can exclusively negotiate with their own free agents. If Nelson Cruz or Nick Markakis and the rest of the free agent Orioles don’t come to an agreement with the team by midnight, they’re free to listen to other offers. It’s also the deadline for teams to make..." November 03

  • Orioles plan to extend qualifying offer to Cruz, decline Markakis option "The Orioles are interested in re-signing outfielder/DH Nelson Cruz and outfielder Nick Markakis, but with the Orioles still ensconced in the playoffs, it seems the team will likely have to make one-year calls on both players, and word is the team plans to extend a $15.3 million qualifying offer to..." October 15

  • Mariners notebook: Looking at Cruz and wondering what might have been

    The News Tribune "It’s hard for the Mariners to look at outfielder Nelson Cruz anchoring the middle of Baltimore’s lineup as the American League Championship Series unfolds and not wonder what might have been. The Mariners had a deal in place last winter with Cruz, then a free agent, for roughly $7.5 million in..." October 10

  • Orioles trying to get deal done with Nelson Cruz "The Orioles are pushing to get a deal done with outfielder Nelson Cruz, sources told FOX Sports. Cruz recently changed agents from Wasserman Media Group to Relativity Sports. Cruz, who signed a one-year deal in the offseason, clubbed a career-best 40 home runs in 2014. He also hit .271 with a..." October 09

  • For Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz, a journey back and a new beginning

    Baltimore Sun "From the first time Nelson Cruz stepped into the batter’s box at Camden Yards this season, he has heard that unmistakable sound from the home crowd — the long, steady chant of his last name. With the success he has had so far this season, the Orioles outfielder has heard the cheer many times,..." June 03

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    Eduardo A. Encina @EddieInTheYard

    Cruz out of the game. Lough to RF, Young in LF. #Orioles

  • If the price is right, Rangers would bring back Cruz "Nobody has to tell the Texas Rangers what Nelson Cruz supplies: power, lots of it, with the volume turned up full blast in the postseason to the tune of 14 homers and 27 RBIs across 34 games. The issue is demand. Cruz, who delivered 27 homers and 76 RBIs last season while reduced to 109 games..." February 20

  • Nelson Cruz still on the free agent market

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Nelson Cruz remains on the free agent market and a reunion with the Texas Rangers hasn’t gained much traction. But the longer he’s available, the more that could become a possibility. The market for Cruz hasn’t developed as expected. He turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the..." February 19

  • Mariners in talks with free agent Nelson Cruz; they also eye Rodney "The Mariners, who've already landed the big free-agent fish in star second baseman Robinson Cano, are now in talks with free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz while also eying closer Fernando Rodney. There's a belief Seattle is amenable to a multiyear deal for Cruz, perhaps two years, with maybe an..." February 04

  • Report: Mariners showing 'strong interest' in signing Nelson Cruz

    Dallas Morning News "While the Rangers are currently focused on their battle with Oakland for the A.L. West, an equally formidable opponent could be brewing in the Pacific Northwest. According to a report from Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Nelson Cruz could be heading to the Seattle Mariners, as sources say the club..." January 30

  • Nelson Cruz may have to settle for 1-year deal

    SB Nation "Free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz has had trouble finding a match on the market this offseason and may have to settle for just a one-year deal, reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. The chances of Cruz, 33, signing a multi-year contract have been hampered by his own refusal to stray far..." January 21

  • Nelson Cruz leaving a ‘lot of good memories’ for Rangers

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Free-agent slugger Nelson Cruz was in Colorado on a ski vacation, his first time hitting the slopes, when his phone rang with the news that he won’t be returning to the Texas Rangers. Talk about ruining a good time. “Kind of,” Cruz said Monday night from his home in the Dominican..." January 02

  • Rangers close the book on the Nelson Cruz era in Texas

    Hardball Talk "The Rangers formally introduced free agent signee Shin-Soo Choo at a press conference earlier today. GM Jon Daniels signed the outfielder to a seven-year, $130 million deal. Including Choo’s $14 million salary for 2014, the Rangers stand at about $116 million guaranteed to 15 players, leaving..." December 28

  • Cruz, Rangers still far apart in contract negotiations

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "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..." December 19

  • Mariners possibly no longer interested in Cruz

    SB Nation "As free agent Nelson Cruz continues his search for a big contract, the Seattle Mariners might no longer be in play for the outfielder, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. Cruz may no longer fit into the team's plans as another designated hitter. The Mariners recently signed Corey Hart and..." December 15

  • Report: The Mariners are still interested in Nelson Cruz

    Hardball Talk "After shocking the baseball world by agreeing to a 10-year, $240 million contract with second baseman Robinson Cano last week, the Mariners reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with Corey Hart today while picking up Logan Morrison in a trade with the Marlins. However, they aren’t done attempting..." December 12

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    Shannon Drayer @shannondrayer

    Zduriencik on 710 on reports of Cruz turning down $75 million dollar deal from the #Mariners. "Inaccurate."

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    #mariners targets include price, cruz, benoit, corey hart (gm jack z drafted him in milwaukee)

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Orioles met today with agents for Nelson Cruz. Plan to continue talks. #Rangers, #Mariners remain among possibilities.

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    Jeff Wilson @JeffWilson_FWST

    Cruz: wants more years than #Rangers willing. Choo: very high price tag. @darrylgann: What's the word on Cruz, Choo?

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Sources: Orioles active in free agent talks for bats and arms; have interest in Shin-Soo Choo, Nelson Cruz and Ubaldo Jimenez. @FOXSports1

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: #Mets “moving forward” on Granderson, have cooled on Nelson Cruz.

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    Mark Feinsand @FeinsandNYDN

    Source tells me Nelson Cruz could emerge as Yankees' target if they miss out on Carlos Beltran.

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    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Jim Johnson trade was an obvious salary dump for Baltimore. Source said Orioles could be using money to pursue outfielder Nelson Cruz.

  • Offseason could be heating up for A’s; Nelson Cruz a possibility?

    San Francisco Chronicle "Two weeks before baseball’s winter meetings, the A’s might be revving up for action. There were rumblings on Tuesday that Oakland is currently working on several fronts, potentially looking at trade possibilities while still eyeing the free agent market. One major-league source told me that the..." November 27

  • Nelson Cruz seeks $75M for 4 years; will 'Biogenesis uptick' help? "Free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz had to be heartened by Jhonny Peralta's $53 million deal, as Cruz is the better of these two Biogenesis-connected players. It shouldn't come as a shock that, according to sources, Cruz is said to seek about $75 million over four years. And it shouldn't come as..." November 26

  • Mets inquired about Braun if only for a second; Cruz and Grandy in mix "Not only did the Mets have internal discussions about embattled superstar Ryan Braun as previouslyreported, but they actually inquired about him with Milwaukee as well – if ever so briefly – before their suggestion was summarily rebuffed at the GM Meetings. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson,..." November 26

  • Mets' links to Granderson, Cruz overstated

    ESPN New York "Despite the Mets publicly acknowledging interest in Curtis Granderson and various reports linking them to free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz, a team insider severely downplayed to the likelihood of signing either. A Mets source said early in the offseason that the team was..." November 13

  • A's a dark horse for Nelson Cruz; Mariners, Mets, Phillies also in "There's a surprise entry in the Nelson Cruz sweepstakes, and it's the Oakland A's. The Mariners, Mets and Phillies are among other teams in pursuit of Cruz, who hit 27 home runs in a suspension-shortened season. A's general manager Billy Beane likes to pick his spots for the big play, and..." November 13

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Free-agent OF Nelson Cruz among hitters that #Mariners are considering, sources tell me and @jonmorosi.

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    Jeff Wilson @JeffWilson_FWST

    Source: #Rangers have been informed that Nelson Cruz will reject qualifying offer ahead of today's deadline. No shock here.

  • Rangers expect Cruz to decline offer

    Fox Sports Southwest "Texas general manager Jon Daniels heads to the general manager's meetings next week knowing the main area of need for his club is hitting. He also goes knowing that outfielder Nelson Cruz will likely reject the qualifying offer the team gave him for 2014. "I expect he's going to turn down..." November 08

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    Evan Grant @Evan_P_Grant

    #Rangers extend qualifying offer to Nelson Cruz, decline on all other free agents (including Joe Nathan)

  • Rangers will make $14.1 million qualifying offer to Nelson Cruz

    Dallas Morning News "The baseball season may or may not end with Game 6 of the World Series Wednesday night, but the Rangers have already made up their minds about their first bit of offseason roster construction. They will make a $14.1 million qualifying offer to Nelson Cruz, which will get them draft pick..." October 31

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    Evan Grant @Evan_P_Grant

    FYI: Jon Daniels said he isn't sure but expects the #Rangers WILL make qualifying offer to Nelson Cruz.

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    Scott Miller @ScottMCBS

    Rangers GM Jon Daniels confirms OF Nelson Cruz will be activated for Mon game with Rays. Says it is up to Washington whether he's in lineup

  • Rangers activate Nelson Cruz for tiebreaker

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "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..." September 30

  • Rangers likely to return Cruz but may have found replacement in Rios

    Dallas Morning News "In another day — maybe two — the often inconsistent Rangers offense could welcome back No. 3 hitter Nelson Cruz. There is just one slight problem: There might not be a vacancy in that particular slot. The final-week rush extended to six straight wins Saturday as the Rangers raced to beat the..." September 29

  • Why Nelson Cruz feels responsible for Rangers' meltdown

    Dallas Morning News "Suspended Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz is spending his days thinking of the ‘what ifs?’ As the Rangers continue their downward spiral further and further away from the playoffs Cruz can do nothing more but watch from afar. According to an article by USA Today Sports Cruz feels partly..." September 23

  • Nelson Cruz begins workouts in preparation for possible return

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Nelson Cruz serving a 50-game suspension through the end of the regular season for using performance-enhancing drugs began working out at the Rangers’ facility in Surprise Ariz. on Wednesday. He is a strong candidate to make the postseason roster should the Rangers get that far. Cruz went..." September 12

  • Texas declined $56M proposal from Cruz last winter "Suspended star outfielder Nelson Cruz is expected to report to the Rangers' Instructional League sometime next week suggesting there's a decent chance he could be back playing for them come playoff time though a spot isn't guaranteed to him. However Cruz's chances to remain with the Rangers..." September 06

  • Rangers will welcome back Nelson Cruz if they make the playoffs

    Hardball Talk "Confirming reports from earlier this week manager Ron Washington said today that the Rangers would add Nelson Cruz to the roster if they make the playoffs. Cruz was suspended for 50 games on August 5 as part of his connection to the Biogenesis clinic and initially Pedro Gomez of ESPN reported..." August 30

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    Pedro Gomez @pedrogomezESPN

    Heard from a pair of reliable sources that it's highly unlikely Nelson Cruz (Rangers) and Jhonny Peralta (Tigers) appear in the postseason.

  • Nelson Cruz's suspension a major hit for Rangers

    Newsday "Everyone knew this day was coming the day of reckoning for those ensnared by the Biogenesis investigation a stained collection of 13 accused PED cheats scattered throughout the major leagues. But not everyone prepared for it and Monday's's announcement did more than just penalize the 12 dirty..." August 06

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