Reports leaked early Saturday morning suggesting that the Baltimore Orioles were near a contract with Nelson Cruz.
Now we have word that the two sides have found a middle ground with the outfielder signing a one-year, $8 million dollar contract – this according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes.
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#Orioles agree 1 year $8 million contract. Incentives. Physical tomorrow.
The deal is still pending a physical, obviously, though given Cruz’s history of injuries and the issues the Orioles have had with physicals recently – that still leaves the door open for something to go wrong.
That said, it’s a pretty solid contract for the Orioles while Cruz, who wanted big money, has to settle for a one year pillow contract – something he attempted to avoid all offseason.
Because Cruz was given a qualifying offer by the Texas Rangers (his former team) prior to free agency, the Orioles will be forced to provide the Rangers with draft pick compensation. However, given the team already signed Ubaldo Jimenez and forfeited their first round draft pick to do so, they will only have to provide a second round pick to the Rangers.