Texas Rangers, Nelson Cruz remain far apart in contract talks

Aug 4, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz (17) reacts after striking out against the Oakland Athletics in the seventh inning at O.Co Coliseum. The Rangers defeated the Athletics 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Rangers never dismissed the idea of bringing back outfielder/designated hitter Nelson Cruz, they just wanted to do so at a price they could afford.

Cruz meanwhile has opted to sell his services to anybody with a checkbook, but coming off a suspension for performance enhancing drugs and a nagging injury history, teams just haven’t been open to investing in the 33-year-old.

It’s an understandable stance that has left Cruz without a team. That has lead to Cruz and his representatives renegading in contract talks with the Texas Rangers, but neither side seems optimistic a deal will be worked out:

The free-agent outfielder hopes he and the Texas Rangers can find an agreement that would keep him swinging for the fences at Rangers Ballpark, but didn’t seem hopeful as he talked about the business side of baseball.

General manager Jon Daniels, speaking earlier in the day in Dallas at the annual media holiday luncheon, didn’t give much reason to be optimistic about a reunion either.

Both the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles have been linked to Cruz, so it’s possible he could land with either team assuming a return to the Rangers does not work out.

Topics: Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers

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