Rangers, Nelson Cruz Agree To Two-Year Deal

Nelson Cruz passed his physical, and his two-year deal with the Rangers is worth $16MM plus incentives, MLBTR has learned.  The ACES client had an arbitration hearing scheduled for next week.


Cruz, 31, hit .263/.312/.509 with 29 home runs in 513 plate appearances last year, adding eight more homers in 70 postseason PAs.  The right fielder's arbitration case seemingly had some bearing on those of Adam Jones and Alex Gordon, who remain unsigned.

Cruz will be eligible for free agency upon the completion of his two-year deal.  His .540 slugging percentage since 2008 ranks sixth in MLB among those with at least 1500 plate appearances.  Health has been the only obstacle for the late-blooming Cruz, who has averaged 120 regular season games over the past three years.

The Rangers extended shortstop Elvis Andrus yesterday, so Mike Napoli is their only remaining unsigned  arbitration eligible player.  Napoli's hearing is scheduled for Wednesday of next week, with a $3.2MM salary spread.

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30 Responses to Rangers, Nelson Cruz Agree To Two-Year Deal Leave a Reply

  1. Marktown 3 years ago

    Good. Now get let’s hope Hammy has a stellar year so he’ll be a Type-A free agent next year. Go Rangers.

    • jhfdssdaf 3 years ago

      From the new CBA, Type A or B has no meaning any more.  The ratings system was eliminated.

      • Marktown 3 years ago

        But there are new rules that can get a team 2 draft picks for losing a stellar free agent. I called that Type-A, I don’t know what the new rules call it.

        • jhfdssdaf 3 years ago

          IIRC, you must offer a guaranteed 1 year deal at least equal to the average major league salary.  Roughly 1 year/ $11 million this year.  Quality of free agent (good, bad, stats, etc.) is irrelevant.

          If Hamilton bats .200 this year and doesn’t hit a single home run, but the Rangers guarantee that one year offer and he signs elsewhere, they get compensation.  There is no “Type A” or “stellar year” or anything like that any more.

  2. Rangersfan32 3 years ago

    Sign Naps to a 3-4 year deal and then decide on Hammy.

  3. j6takish 3 years ago

     Rangers are agreeing on multi year extensions for all of their arbitration eligible players. They are operating at a deficit right now, and the arbitration hearings are usually way after the free agent signing frenzy is over. Seems that they are doing multi years for everyone so they have a more accurate figure for their budget next season to sign FA’s

  4. Rangersalchamps 3 years ago

    I think it’s going to take a 5yr-60mil deal to lock up Napoli. We should go ahead and lock up Holland and Harrison to long term deals also. As for Hamiliton, I’m hoping for a 4yr-85mil type deal, seems fair for both sides. My biggest worry is Kinsler, as he is the most talented 2nd basemen in the MLB( better than Pedroia imo). I’m hoping for a 5yr-75 mil type deal but I’m sure he will want more. Kinsler is a must sign!

    • You forgot about Robinson Cano! The likelihood of all of these players being extended before free agency is not that great. 

      • Rangersalchamps 3 years ago

        Cano, Pedroia and Kinsler are 123 in any order. Different fans will put whomever on top. Man I hope we sign most of them! That’s basically our core

    • ellisburks 3 years ago

      I thing Cano and Petey are both better 2b than Kinsler. Not saying Kinsler isn’t great but Dustin has never had an OPS lower than .800 in a full season and is better than Kinsler defencively in pretty much every metric.

      • Rangersalchamps 3 years ago

        I’m not saying by a wide margin but Kinsler is a wizard on defense and was in the 30/30 club last year. All of that while playing injured( he had surgery to fix the problem this offseason). Cano, Pedroia and Kinsler are almost neck and neck.

        • ellisburks 3 years ago

          If I were starting a team they would be my top three for sure. The real edge that Pedroia has is that he gets on base more. And is a bit better on D. But there is no real drop off between the three of them.

      • Pedroia is the best 2B in the league, but Cano is behind Kinsler. Just because he hits for higher avg. than Kinsler doesn’t make up the difference in defensive ability.

        • Chillin_in_California 3 years ago

          Hahaha. Kinsler is better then Cano. Got a good laugh from that. Kinslers good but Cano is a better player

          • I’m glad you got a good laugh. See if you can stop chuckling long enough to look up their stats.

          • Chillin_in_California 3 years ago

            Kinslers avg is usually kinda low except 2008. Kinsler is a dead pull hitter who can be pitched too.Cano is better because he is the scariest hitter on a scary offensive team such as the yanks. In my mind with the game on the line Cano scares me to death and Kinlser doesnt

          • Kinsler and Cano’s WAR is almost identical the past 3 years combined.
            Kinsler has twice been a 30/30 player. Kinsler’s OBP has been higher 2 out of the 3 past years (2010 they were almost identical).
            Cano has more of a green light than Kinsler does due to Kins hitting lead-off.

          • Chillin_in_California 3 years ago

            Okay I looked up the stats. Both have a similar WAR. Cano is a better all around hitter as he hits for both average power and he knocks in runs but he does have a low on base and seems like an average defender. Kinsler steals bases, plays pretty good D and also hits for power, gets on base. His weaknesses are low BA and I dont like his home road splits .214 on road even though he hit for power on the road as well. Cano would put up stats in every ballpark as his numbers are the same home and away. In the end if you gave me a choice I would choose Cano.

          • ellisburks 3 years ago

            And I would take Dustin.

        • Guest 3 years ago

          biased much?

          • I’m not being bias. Kinsler is better than Cano defensively. I shouldn’t be blowing anyone’s mind with that statement.

          • Guest 3 years ago

            Maybe you should be checking your stats bro. Cano had more Putouts, Assists, even fewer errors than Kinsler which adds up to a better fielding percentage. 

          • ellisburks 3 years ago

            Fielding percentage? When you start using that talk you start giving people like Jeter Gold Gloves.

    • Chillin_in_California 3 years ago

      Okay Napoli before this year was .240 hitter. He hit .250 in the first half of the season then went bannanas the rest of the season. SO you want to pay him 12 million dollars a year to a guy who has only had a half of year of really good basball.

      • Rangersalchamps 3 years ago

        Yes I would. He has had stellar postseason stats with both the Angels and Rangers. I know that doesn’t matter much to people but it shows he can handle pressure.

        Another reason is he’s in more of a hitters park then Angel Stadium. If he can hit .270+ with 20-35 bombs a year while playing great defense at catcher, he will earn his contract.

        Keep in mind he was above average defensely(lol not sure if spelled right) last year.

  5. Good we locked up Andrus and Cruz, now sign Napoli to a 3 year deal. Then wait on Hamilton, see how he performs this season. Even though I love him as a player I am not for signing a injury prone guy to a long and big money deal.

  6. Chewtoy123 3 years ago

    Should we be expecting an editorial from Mr. Dierkes on how this extension is a raw deal for the Rangers?

  7. ellisburks 3 years ago

    Who cares about home and away splits? They aren’t moving teams and parks. The best all around combination of offence and defence is still Dustin. As I said, never posted a OPS under .819 in a full season, dWar of 4.3 over his career as opposed to 3.0 for Cano and 3.2 for Kinsler. And Kinsler has a .824OPS compared to .837 for Dustin and .843 for Cano. 

    All this means that all 3 are great players but Dustin has the better combination of offence and defence.
    So pretty much what you said.

  8. ellisburks 3 years ago

    He only played half a season cause Scioscia had a stiffy for Jeff Mathis who couldn’t hit or catch. And he won’t play catcher all year. When he isn’t catching he can play first base or DH. He will play a full season somewhere and he will be good. I wish the BoSox had him.

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