Nelson Cruz RUMORS & NEWS

  • Nelson Cruz to sit out spring opener due to sore knee "The Mariners will open Cactus League play on Wednesday against the Padres with one notable absence, as designated hitter and right fielder Nelson Cruz will be sidelined temporarily due to a sore left knee. The 12:10 p.m. PT game at Peoria Stadium will not be televised, but it will be streamed..." March 01

  • Nelson Cruz seems likely to spend more time as DH

    Tacoma News Tribune "All early signs point to Nelson Cruz spending increased time this season as the Mariners’ designated hitter. Manager Scott Servais declined to identify any targeted split for Cruz in terms of playing right field and serving as the DH but left no ambiguity regarding the over-riding..." February 24

  • Cruz expected to spend more time this season as DH

    Tacoma News Tribune "All early signs point to Nelson Cruz spending increased time this season as the Mariners’ designated hitter. Manager Scott Servais declined to identify any targeted split for Cruz in terms of playing right field and serving as the DH but left no ambiguity regarding the over-riding..." February 24

  • Top hitters honored with Silver Slugger Awards "The best hitters in the American League and the National League were commemorated for their 2015 campaigns on Thursday, as the Silver Slugger Awards were announced during an hour-long special on MLB Network. The Silver Slugger Awards, presented by Louisville Slugger, are handed out annually to..." November 13

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    Bob Dutton @TNT_Mariners

    McClendon says Cruz still nursing strained right quad: "I would not anticipate him being in the outfield for this homestand."

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    Ryan Divish @RyanDivish

    Cruz said the quad is doing better. Should be ready in "a few days"

  • David Ortiz pushed the Red Sox to sign Nelson Cruz

    The Outside Corner "The Boston Red Sox season is all but lost as the club sits 13 games under .500 at 52-65, placing them dead last in the American League East. One of the teams biggest offseason moves was signing left fielder Hanley Ramirez to a monster four-year $88 million contract, a deal which has so far..." August 17

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    Greg Johns @GregJohnsMLB

    Mariners lineup vs Orioles RH Kevin Gausman, 12:40 pm. Nelson Cruz (sore neck) and his 21-game hit streak not in.

  • Cruz carries career-best 20-game hitting streak into Tuesday’s game

    Tacoma News Tribune "Right fielder Nelson Cruz carried a 20-game hitting streak into Tuesday’s game, which marked a career high and is the longest active streak in the majors. Cruz is batting .414 in his streak with 36 hits in 87 at-bats. He also has 12 homers and 16 RBIs. Just two other players have hitting..." August 11

  • Nelson Cruz, Mariners agree

    ESPN "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

    CBS Sports "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

    CBS Sports "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

    CBS Sports "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

    CBS Sports "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?

    CBS Sports "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

    CBS Sports "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

    CBS Sports "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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