Sep 30, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz (17) watches batting practice before the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Rangers Ballpark at Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Daniels says Nelson Cruz doesn’t owe Rangers

There were reports that Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz turned down a five-year $75 million dollar deal. It seems odd, since the deal seams to be in line with what Cruz wanted. Some Rangers fans could feel like Cruz owes the club after being suspended for 50 games last season, but general manager Jon Daniels dismissed that notion.

“He had a decision to make,” Daniels said late Tuesday afternoon. “I think one of the byproducts of that decision was that it impacted the club. There’s no two ways around that. But we all understood the position he was in. I can’t speak for everybody, but I don’t view it that way. I don’t think he owes us.

“I think he likes being here. He may factor that in. It’s been an overall positive relationship over the years. I don’t think one side owes the other.”

From the Dallas Morning News:

According to Seattle Times writer Ryan Divish, there are “rumors” that Nelson Cruz turned down a five-year, $75 million offer from the Mariners.

“That’s a lot of money for a guy that’s 33 and coming off a PED suspension and doesn’t hit well outside of Arlington,” Divish wrote. “It may actually be a good thing for the Mariners. Cruz is being rumored to be interested in going to Baltimore.”

Baseball insider Buster Olney reported that the Rangers weren’t approaching those kind of years in a deal, reporting the Rangers were thinking something more along the lines of two years with an option.

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