Few free agents available come with a higher risk than that of outfielder, Nelson Cruz.
The powerful slugger has emerged in recent years to be one of the top offensive forces in the game, but sustaining that has become a question mark thanks to Cruz’s 50-game suspension regarding perfomrnace enhancing drugs this past season.
Add in the Texas Rangers, his former team exercised a $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer on Cruz (which he declined), teams have been reluctant to take the risk considering his hefty salary demands, former PED usage and forfeiting of a draft pick thanks to the qualifying offer.
That seemingly includes the New York Mets, who’ve reportedly ‘cooled’ on Cruz:
#Mets “moving forward” on Granderson, have cooled on Nelson Cruz.
The 33-year-old outfielder has had a number of interested suitors, including the Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners, though they’ve all seemingly kept Cruz on the backburner as ‘Plan B’, likely due to the question marks surrounding him.
His options continue to dwindle as more and more teams fill out their roster.