Fox Sports "The Seattle Mariners, in desperate need of right-handed power, appear in many ways to be a perfect fit for free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz. Cruz led the majors with 40 home runs this year. The Mariners hit only 28 homers against left-handed pitching, the fewest of any American League team...." November 15
Right now Nelson Cruz' five-year demand is a major stumbling block in serious contract talks. The Orioles for one, aren't going there.
Nelson Cruz does not accept the Orioles qualifying offer. Was expected. He will test the FA market. Os get a pick if he signs elsewhere.
CBSSports.com "Free-agent slugger Nelson Cruz turned out to be the biggest free-agent bargain in baseball when he hit an MLB-high 40 home runs after signing a one-year, $8 million deal with the Orioles. Now word is, Cruz is very much hoping not to be that sort of bargain again. Cruz is seeking a four-year..." November 04
Masn "The Orioles made the expected move this afternoon and extended a $15.3 million qualifying offer to outfielder Nelson Cruz. The deadline was 5 p.m. Cruz will turn it down, of course, and continue to seek a four- or five-year deal in free agency. The Orioles will continue to negotiate with his..." November 04
CSN Baltimore "Today is the final day teams can exclusively negotiate with their own free agents. If Nelson Cruz or Nick Markakis and the rest of the free agent Orioles don’t come to an agreement with the team by midnight, they’re free to listen to other offers. It’s also the deadline for teams to make..." November 03
CBSSports.com "The Orioles are interested in re-signing outfielder/DH Nelson Cruz and outfielder Nick Markakis, but with the Orioles still ensconced in the playoffs, it seems the team will likely have to make one-year calls on both players, and word is the team plans to extend a $15.3 million qualifying offer to..." October 15
The News Tribune "It’s hard for the Mariners to look at outfielder Nelson Cruz anchoring the middle of Baltimore’s lineup as the American League Championship Series unfolds and not wonder what might have been. The Mariners had a deal in place last winter with Cruz, then a free agent, for roughly $7.5 million in..." October 10
CBSSports.com "The Orioles are pushing to get a deal done with outfielder Nelson Cruz, sources told FOX Sports. Cruz recently changed agents from Wasserman Media Group to Relativity Sports. Cruz, who signed a one-year deal in the offseason, clubbed a career-best 40 home runs in 2014. He also hit .271 with a..." October 09
Baltimore Sun "From the first time Nelson Cruz stepped into the batter’s box at Camden Yards this season, he has heard that unmistakable sound from the home crowd — the long, steady chant of his last name. With the success he has had so far this season, the Orioles outfielder has heard the cheer many times,..." June 03
Cruz out of the game. Lough to RF, Young in LF. #Orioles
MLB.com "Nobody has to tell the Texas Rangers what Nelson Cruz supplies: power, lots of it, with the volume turned up full blast in the postseason to the tune of 14 homers and 27 RBIs across 34 games. The issue is demand. Cruz, who delivered 27 homers and 76 RBIs last season while reduced to 109 games..." February 20
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Nelson Cruz remains on the free agent market and a reunion with the Texas Rangers hasn’t gained much traction. But the longer he’s available, the more that could become a possibility. The market for Cruz hasn’t developed as expected. He turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the..." February 19
CBSSports.com "The Mariners, who've already landed the big free-agent fish in star second baseman Robinson Cano, are now in talks with free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz while also eying closer Fernando Rodney. There's a belief Seattle is amenable to a multiyear deal for Cruz, perhaps two years, with maybe an..." February 04
Dallas Morning News "While the Rangers are currently focused on their battle with Oakland for the A.L. West, an equally formidable opponent could be brewing in the Pacific Northwest. According to a report from Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Nelson Cruz could be heading to the Seattle Mariners, as sources say the club..." January 30
SB Nation "Free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz has had trouble finding a match on the market this offseason and may have to settle for just a one-year deal, reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. The chances of Cruz, 33, signing a multi-year contract have been hampered by his own refusal to stray far..." January 21
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Free-agent slugger Nelson Cruz was in Colorado on a ski vacation, his first time hitting the slopes, when his phone rang with the news that he won’t be returning to the Texas Rangers. Talk about ruining a good time. “Kind of,” Cruz said Monday night from his home in the Dominican..." January 02
Hardball Talk "The Rangers formally introduced free agent signee Shin-Soo Choo at a press conference earlier today. GM Jon Daniels signed the outfielder to a seven-year, $130 million deal. Including Choo’s $14 million salary for 2014, the Rangers stand at about $116 million guaranteed to 15 players, leaving..." December 28
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "An estimated 300 fans stood in line Wednesday night in southwest Fort Worth for what might be their final glance at Nelson Cruz. The free-agent outfielder hopes he and the Texas Rangers can find an agreement that would keep him swinging for the fences at Rangers Ballpark, but didn’t seem..." December 19
SB Nation "As free agent Nelson Cruz continues his search for a big contract, the Seattle Mariners might no longer be in play for the outfielder, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. Cruz may no longer fit into the team's plans as another designated hitter. The Mariners recently signed Corey Hart and..." December 15
Hardball Talk "After shocking the baseball world by agreeing to a 10-year, $240 million contract with second baseman Robinson Cano last week, the Mariners reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with Corey Hart today while picking up Logan Morrison in a trade with the Marlins. However, they aren’t done attempting..." December 12
Zduriencik on 710 on reports of Cruz turning down $75 million dollar deal from the #Mariners. "Inaccurate."
#mariners targets include price, cruz, benoit, corey hart (gm jack z drafted him in milwaukee)
Sources: Orioles active in free agent talks for bats and arms; have interest in Shin-Soo Choo, Nelson Cruz and Ubaldo Jimenez. @FOXSports1
Source: #Mets “moving forward” on Granderson, have cooled on Nelson Cruz.
Source tells me Nelson Cruz could emerge as Yankees' target if they miss out on Carlos Beltran.
Jim Johnson trade was an obvious salary dump for Baltimore. Source said Orioles could be using money to pursue outfielder Nelson Cruz.
San Francisco Chronicle "Two weeks before baseball’s winter meetings, the A’s might be revving up for action. There were rumblings on Tuesday that Oakland is currently working on several fronts, potentially looking at trade possibilities while still eyeing the free agent market. One major-league source told me that the..." November 27
CBSSports.com "Free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz had to be heartened by Jhonny Peralta's $53 million deal, as Cruz is the better of these two Biogenesis-connected players. It shouldn't come as a shock that, according to sources, Cruz is said to seek about $75 million over four years. And it shouldn't come as..." November 26
CBSSports.com "Not only did the Mets have internal discussions about embattled superstar Ryan Braun as previouslyreported, but they actually inquired about him with Milwaukee as well – if ever so briefly – before their suggestion was summarily rebuffed at the GM Meetings. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson,..." November 26
ESPN New York "Despite the Mets publicly acknowledging interest in Curtis Granderson and various reports linking them to free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz, a team insider severely downplayed to ESPNNewYork.com the likelihood of signing either. A Mets source said early in the offseason that the team was..." November 13
CBSSports.com "There's a surprise entry in the Nelson Cruz sweepstakes, and it's the Oakland A's. The Mariners, Mets and Phillies are among other teams in pursuit of Cruz, who hit 27 home runs in a suspension-shortened season. A's general manager Billy Beane likes to pick his spots for the big play, and..." November 13
Source: #Rangers have been informed that Nelson Cruz will reject qualifying offer ahead of today's deadline. No shock here.
Fox Sports Southwest "Texas general manager Jon Daniels heads to the general manager's meetings next week knowing the main area of need for his club is hitting. He also goes knowing that outfielder Nelson Cruz will likely reject the qualifying offer the team gave him for 2014. "I expect he's going to turn down..." November 08
#Rangers extend qualifying offer to Nelson Cruz, decline on all other free agents (including Joe Nathan)
Dallas Morning News "The baseball season may or may not end with Game 6 of the World Series Wednesday night, but the Rangers have already made up their minds about their first bit of offseason roster construction. They will make a $14.1 million qualifying offer to Nelson Cruz, which will get them draft pick..." October 31
FYI: Jon Daniels said he isn't sure but expects the #Rangers WILL make qualifying offer to Nelson Cruz.
Rangers GM Jon Daniels confirms OF Nelson Cruz will be activated for Mon game with Rays. Says it is up to Washington whether he's in lineup
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Nelson Cruz’s 50-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs has come to an end and he will be on the Texas Rangers’ active roster Monday for their tiebreaking game against Tampa Bay to determine the second American League wild-card team. But only manager Ron Washington knows for sure..." September 30
Dallas Morning News "In another day — maybe two — the often inconsistent Rangers offense could welcome back No. 3 hitter Nelson Cruz. There is just one slight problem: There might not be a vacancy in that particular slot. The final-week rush extended to six straight wins Saturday as the Rangers raced to beat the..." September 29
Dallas Morning News "Suspended Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz is spending his days thinking of the ‘what ifs?’ As the Rangers continue their downward spiral further and further away from the playoffs Cruz can do nothing more but watch from afar. According to an article by USA Today Sports Cruz feels partly..." September 23
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Nelson Cruz serving a 50-game suspension through the end of the regular season for using performance-enhancing drugs began working out at the Rangers’ facility in Surprise Ariz. on Wednesday. He is a strong candidate to make the postseason roster should the Rangers get that far. Cruz went..." September 12
CBSSports.com "Suspended star outfielder Nelson Cruz is expected to report to the Rangers' Instructional League sometime next week suggesting there's a decent chance he could be back playing for them come playoff time though a spot isn't guaranteed to him. However Cruz's chances to remain with the Rangers..." September 06
Hardball Talk "Confirming reports from earlier this week manager Ron Washington said today that the Rangers would add Nelson Cruz to the roster if they make the playoffs. Cruz was suspended for 50 games on August 5 as part of his connection to the Biogenesis clinic and initially Pedro Gomez of ESPN reported..." August 30
Heard from a pair of reliable sources that it's highly unlikely Nelson Cruz (Rangers) and Jhonny Peralta (Tigers) appear in the postseason.
Newsday "Everyone knew this day was coming the day of reckoning for those ensnared by the Biogenesis investigation a stained collection of 13 accused PED cheats scattered throughout the major leagues. But not everyone prepared for it and Monday's's announcement did more than just penalize the 12 dirty..." August 06
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The loss of Nelson Cruz is going to bite the Texas Rangers’ offense at some point over the next few months but nothing much has changed for the five pitchers in the starting rotation. After all runs have been hard to come by much of the season. Their task is to give their team a chance..." August 06