While free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz isn’t among the elite free agents left on the market, he certainly wants to get paid like one.
According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Cruz, who was suspended for 50 games last season due to performance enhancing drugs is said to be seeking a four year contract worth upwards of $75 million dollars:
It shouldn’t come as a shock that, according to sources, Cruz is said to seek about $75 million over four years.
That breaks down to just under $19 million dollars a year, which is pretty hefty for any player – let alone one who is considered to be a defensive liability. That’s likely why so many of the reportedly interested teams, like the Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners and Cruz’s former team, the Texas Rangers are all coming from the American League as teams can hide his defensive warts in the designated hitter spot.
The New York Mets are also said to be interested in Cruz.
Cruz hit .266 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI before his 50-game suspension kicked in, so there’s no doubt about the offensive ability he can bring when healthy, which has always been a problem.