Nelson Cruz will rejoin the Texas Rangers for the postseason after his 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball finishes. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Rangers rejected a four-year, $56-million offer from Cruz’s former agents in the fall.
Before the suspension Nelson Cruz was a big part of the Rangers offense with 27 home runs, 76 RBI and a .269 batting average. That would have given him roughly 40 home runs and 110 RBIs had he kept that pace. His home run RBI totals still are the second best marks on the team behind third baseman Adrian Beltre. Cruz is also considered to be a positive clubhouse player.
A playoff spot for Cruz isn’t guaranteed.
“Hopefully, the team goes to the playoffs and gives me a chance to help them out. I’ll be ready,” Cruz recently told Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News.
The Rangers traded for Alex Rios who has been playing well and is batting .283 and has another year on his contract. Left fielder David Murphy has been struggling and batting .222.