The Dodgers are hiring Nelson Cruz as an advisor, per a report from Tenchy Rodriguez of Z101. This was confirmed by Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic, who adds that Cruz will be working for the organization in Latin America.
Cruz, 43, recently retired after spending almost two decades as one of the most potent sluggers in the league. From his debut in 2005 to his final season in 2023, he hit 464 home runs while playing for the Brewers, Rangers, Orioles, Mariners, Twins, Rays, Nationals and Padres. In addition to his work with MLB club, Cruz was also active in terms of international competition. He represented the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic in 2009, 2013, 2017 and 2023, also serving as the club’s general manager for the most recent of those tournaments. He’s also played winter ball in the Dominican Republic on numerous occasions.
It’s unclear exactly what his responsibilities will be, but Cruz has been around the game for a long time. By suiting up for so many different teams, both inside and outside MLB, he has surely made contact with hundreds of different players, coaches, scouts and other baseball personnel. The Dodgers will give him a chance to start the next phase of his career just a few weeks after retiring.