Jul 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz (17) hits a solo home run in front of New York Yankees catcher Chris Stewart (19) during the seventh inning at the Rangers Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers Mailbag: Don't resign Cruz!


Rangers Mailbag:

You’re crazy if you want to pay Nelson Cruz anything close to what he’s asking. He’s hurt at least once a year and he’s a cheater. We don’t even know if he’s any good when he’s not on steroids. –Mike

Mike, you are most likely referring to my article where I state my willingness to  “overpay” for Nelson Cruz. I place “overpay” in quotes because it’s a subjective determination. The reality is, anyone is worth exactly what someone else is willing to pay them. If multiple people/organizations want to “overpay” it just further validates the amount. Nelson Cruz just turned down a 5 year/$75M offer from the Seattle Seahawks. Cruz was reportedly looking for a 4 year/ $75M deal. I proposed this:

I would have no issues resigning Cruz to a 3yr/$50M. That would be one year less than his publicized (4yrs/$75M) wishes and slightly less money annually at $16.6M instead of $18.75.

I share some of your concerns regarding his injury history but I don’t think the suspension is an indication he used PEDs to generate power. I happen to believe his story about needing to recover from illness (a substantial illness at that). Like I said, his influence in the clubhouse is a positive one. It truly is. He is an asset to the character of the club (even with his suspension) and fills a major need in the lineup. He could be the primary DH and occasionally play RF. That should keep some of the wear-and-tear off of his injury-prone 33 year-old body. 3 years for $50 is a lot of money but it’s only a 1/3 of what it will cost to sign Shin-Soo Choo. The Rangers will have to accept the fact he will miss games every season. His injury history guarantees it. But it’s a relatively short-term commitment, on a power hitter, and will not cost a draft pick.

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