Thursday, February 9, 2012

Report: Rangers and Nelson Cruz close on two-year deal

The Texas Rangers and shortstop Elvis Andrus agreed to a three-year contract worth $14.4 million yesterday.

Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz may be next.

Per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers and Cruz are close to a two-year deal, which would eliminate the need for their arbitration hearing next week (and next year).

In each of the past three seasons, Cruz has played in 128 regular-season games or less. During that span, Cruz has 84 home runs, 241 runs batted in and 46 stolen bases in 360 games.

If, a big if, Cruz could stay healthy for 150 games this season and maintain his per-game average from the past three seasons, he would hit 35 home runs, 100 runs batted in and 19 stolen bases.

Cruz is the 10th-ranked fantasy outfielder in our 2012 preseason rankings.

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