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Sunday, March 13, 2022

DH Nelson Cruz headed to Nationals

Free-agent designated hitter Nelson Cruz has agreed to a one-year $12 million deal with the Nationals with a mutual option worth $16 million ($3 million buyout) for 2023, a source told’s Mark Feinsand. The Nationals have not confirmed the report and the deal is pending a physical.

The 41-year-old Cruz has been an anomaly in recent years—a player who has remained effective through his late 30s and even past his 40th birthday. With that said, his season did take a turn after a July 22 trade from the Twins to the Rays. Cruz posted a .907 OPS in 85 games for Minnesota but only a .725 OPS in 55 games for Tampa Bay, despite 13 home runs. He then went 3-for-17 (.176) with one homer in the Rays’ ALDS loss to Boston.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 13, 2022 at 11:41 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 14, 2022 at 01:25 AM (#6067684)
Some lineup protection for Juan Soto, a respected veteran clubhouse presence, and a potential trade chip at the deadline. With the Nationals looking like a lucky to be .500 team in 2022, the latter seems a strong possibility. A bit surprised a contending team wasn’t willing to pay a little more.
   2. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: March 14, 2022 at 11:17 AM (#6067702)
Good signing. Love the Universal DH.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: March 14, 2022 at 03:06 PM (#6067735)
Nelson Cruz in Wrigley might have been a lot of fun.
   4. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: March 14, 2022 at 03:45 PM (#6067743)
Glad to see the Nats not straight tanking, but signing fun guys like Cruz and bringing back a fan favorite in Doolittle. Maybe they wind up being flipped at the deadline, but better than bottoming out
   5. JL72 Posted: March 14, 2022 at 04:04 PM (#6067745)
Maybe they wind up being flipped at the deadline, but better than bottoming out

Seems like this is the better way to go for a team. Keep fans interested and in the stands, then getting something at the trade deadline.
   6. The Duke Posted: March 14, 2022 at 05:39 PM (#6067760)
Cruz is quite a story. This generations Julio Franco
   7. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: March 14, 2022 at 06:13 PM (#6067766)
Well, not quite. Cruz didn't become a MLB regular until he was 28, and he's "only" 41 now. Franco became an regular for the Indians at age 24 and continued playing until he was elevnty-skadillion years old (OK, his last season as an MLB regular was when he was 45, his last season in the bigs he was 48, and he played overseas and in independent leagues until he was 55 [!!].)

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