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Nelson Cruz | Designated Hitter

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/1/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Nelson Cruz said after Wednesday's elimination from the ALCS that he would like to stay with the Orioles.
The Orioles are expected to offer him a $15.3 million qualifying offer after the World Series, but Cruz will certainly aim higher after a season in which he hit 40 homers and had 108 RBI. He'll almost surely get a multi-year offer from a team, so the O's will have to pony up if they want to keep the 34-year-old. Oct 15 - 7:59 PM

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles plan to make a qualifying offer to Nelson Cruz.

Of course, the Orioles have reportedly been pushing to sign him to an extension, so this is assuming he opts to test free agency. As reported last week, the qualifying offer this offseason will increase to $15.3 million. Cruz struggled to find a long-term deal last winter, partially because he was tied to a qualifying offer, but he shouldn't have any trouble this time around after batting .271/.333/.525 with 40 home runs and 108 RBI this season.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 15 - 11:21 AM

Nelson Cruz said Thursday that he has not had "serious" extension talks with the Orioles.

Cruz, an impending free agent, added that he simply wants to concentrate on winning the World Series. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Thursday afternoon that the O's were "pushing to complete" a deal with the 34-year-old slugger, but it doesn't sound like anything will happen before the end of the O's postseason run. Cruz batted .271/.333/.525 with 40 home runs and 108 RBI in 159 games during the regular season.
Oct 9 - 3:58 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are "pushing to complete" a contract extension with impending free agent slugger Nelson Cruz.

Baltimore's front office is gettin' busy with it on the eve of the ALCS. The Orioles have already worked out a three-year, $40 million contract with shortstop J.J. Hardy, who was set to become a free agent in November. And now they're trying to lock up one of the market's premier power bats. Cruz had an .859 OPS, 40 home runs, and 108 RBI in 159 games during the regular season and the 34-year-old is 6-for-12 so far in the postseason.
Oct 9 - 1:11 PM

Nelson Cruz blasted a two-run home run off David Price on Sunday, powering the Orioles to a 2-1 victory over the Tigers a sweep in their American League Division Series.

The Orioles will advance to the ALCS for the first time since the 1997 season where they were defeated by the Indians. Cruz has been an absolute thorn in the Tigers side in the postseason the last few seasons, smacking eight home runs and driving home 18 runs in just nine games. With his 2-for-4 effort, he finished this series hitting .500 (6-for-12) with a pair of homers and five RBI.
Oct 5 - 8:12 PM

Nelson Cruz smacked a two-run homer and added an RBI single in Thursday's ALDS Game 1 victory over the Tigers.

Adam Jones grounded into a first-pitch double-play with two on in the first inning, but Cruz then swung at a first pitch himself and put it into the right-center field stands. He also singled in a run and eventually scored in the Orioles' eight-run eighth inning. Cruz now has a whopping 15 home runs across 35 career postseason games.
Oct 2 - 9:32 PM

Nelson Cruz finished 4-for-5 in the Orioles' 9-5 defeat of the Yankees on Wednesday.

Cruz grounded out in his first at-bat, but he singled twice and scored a run in the Orioles' six-run fourth inning, singled again in the seventh inning, and then tallied an RBI with his fourth single of the afternoon in the top of the eighth. The Yankees have now been eliminated from postseason contention. Cruz is batting .275/.338/.531 with 40 home runs and 108 RBI in 156 games this season for the American League East champs.
Sep 24 - 4:52 PM

Nelson Cruz went 3-for-5 with a solo home run as the Orioles eked out a win against the Yankees on Tuesday.

Cruz went yard in the fifth inning against Brandon McCarthy, becoming the first in the majors to 40 home runs. He now has a three-homer lead over Chris Carter and the inactive Giancarlo Stanton. Cruz is on his way both to the playoffs and to a nice payday in the off-season after hitting .270/.334/.529 with 107 RBI.
Sep 23 - 11:03 PM

Nelson Cruz went hitless in Monday's loss and is without a homer in his last 14 games.

Cruz has been stuck at 39 homers since his big game Sept. 7 (2 HR, 7 RBI against the Rays). He's hitting .238 with 11 HR and 32 RBI in 61 games since the break after hitting .287 with 28 HR and 74 RBI in the first half.
Sep 22 - 10:14 PM

Nelson Cruz went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI as the Orioles fell to the Red Sox in extra innings on Friday.

Cruz reached on an infield single in the third inning, bringing home the first run of the game. He has been an irreplaceable addition to the Orioles lineup this season, slashing .269/.335/.528 with a league-leading 39 home runs and 104 RBI. He has certainly positioned himself to earn a very lucrative deal on the free agent market this offseason.
Sep 19 - 11:28 PM

Nelson Cruz had a monster day Sunday, mashing two home runs and collecting seven RBI in the Orioles' 7-5, 11-inning win over the Rays.

Cruz hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning before coming through with a three-run triple in the ninth inning. Not satisfied, he belted another two-run homer in the 11th inning to give the Orioles the win. He drove in all seven of the team's runs, and Cruz finished 4-for-5 in the game. Cruz has 39 home runs and 101 RBI on the season.
Sep 7 - 7:54 PM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with a walk and his major league-leading 37th home run in Thursday's victory over the Reds.

Cruz started a six-run first inning with a two-run home run to left-center off of Mike Leake. In doing so, Cruz broke a tie with Giancarlo Stanton to take sole possession of the MLB lead in homers. Cruz is slashing .259/.328/.520 with 93 RBI on the season.
Sep 4 - 10:47 PM

Nelson Cruz said Friday that while his agent and the Orioles have had extension talks after the All-Star break, they haven't been serious.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier Friday that the two sides were both interested in a long-term deal, but it doesn't sound terribly likely that anything will get done before the end of the season. Cruz leads all of baseball with 34 homers this season after having to settle for a one-year, $8 million deal at the beginning of spring training.
Aug 29 - 3:27 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that both the Orioles and Nelson Cruz "have expressed an interest" in a contract extension.

Heyman cautions that "there's no definitive immediate word of any early negotiations," but it does appear the two sides are interested "in continuing the marriage, if possible." The report also adds that the O's will extend Cruz a qualifying offer this offseason if they're unable to lock him up on a long-term deal. After having to settle for a one-year, $8 million deal in late February, Cruz has gone on to hit a career-high 34 homers so far for Baltimore, a total that leads all of baseball.
Aug 29 - 12:08 PM

Nelson Cruz finished 2-for-4 with an RBI double as the Orioles topped the Rays on Tuesday.

Cruz hadn't enjoyed a multi-hit game since August 11, over two weeks ago. His seventh-inning RBI double gave the O's an insurance run, but proved to be ultimately unnecessary. The soon-to-be free agent leads baseball with 34 home runs and has a nice .256/.325/.512 slash line with 88 RBI to boot.
Aug 26 - 11:30 PM

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1B1Steve Pearce
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2B1Jonathan Schoop
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3B1Chris Davis
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LF1David Lough
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DH1Nelson Cruz
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