There’s no positional player left in free agency better than Nelson Cruz, but questions linger about his power moving forward which has apparently scared teams away from signing him – this according to the Boston Globe:
Cruz remains the best available free agent among position players, but his demand of four years at $75 million has turned off teams.
The powerful outfielder/designated hitter of course was slapped with a 50-game suspension this past season for violating Major League Baseball’s anti-doping policy and considering his game is built off power, teams are understandably reluctant to offer up a $75 million dollar contract – a deal Cruz is determined to snag.
Other players suspended in the PED case, like Jhonny Peralta have secured contracts though some general managers believe their overall skills and natural hitting ability aren’t near the risk in comparison to Nelson Cruz, who is seemingly power or bust:
The feeling is Peralta is more of a pure hitter than a power hitter, and less risky,” said a National League GM.
The New York Mets and Seattle Mariners have been rumored destinations for Cruz.