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.