Few free agents come with a bigger risk/reward than that of former Texas Rangers outfielder, Nelson Cruz.
As one of the premier offensive players in the league, Cruz puts up All-Star numbers with relative ease though has a history of injury problems, is 33-years-old and is coming off a 50-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs.
Oh, and he’s reportedly seeking a four year deal worth about $75 million dollars.
It’s a deal the Texas Rangers see as too pricey, understandably, according to the Forth Worth Star-Telegram:
Paying Cruz his demand right now is a pretty risky proposition, but doing so when he’s 36 and 37 seems like a potential death blow. That’s likely why so many teams have opted to fill their outfield vacancies with other players while Cruz remained in free agency.
With options drying up by the day, it’s looking more and more likely Cruz will have to lower his demands and may be best served taking a lucrative, one year deal to re-prove his value.