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Height/Weight: 6-2/230 | Birthdate: 7/1/1980 | Birthplace: Monte Cristi, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Baltimore | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $10,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/84 | Average Draft Position: 155.20
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Nelson Cruz doubles in loss Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz went 1 for 4 with a double in his team's 2-0 loss to the Blue Jays Friday.

Cruz opened the season with home runs in back-to-back games, but he's yet to hit another long ball as the season's second week nears its end. He's hit .250/.341/.500 in 36 at-bats.


Nelson Cruz homers in Baltimore debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz got things off on the right foot with his new team Monday, going 1 for 2 with a walk, a solo home run and two runs in his team's 2-1 win over the Red Sox on Opening Day.

It was a fine debut performance for the former Ranger as Cruz keyed the offense while batting fifth behind first baseman Chris Davis. Cruz could see plenty of RBI chances this season if teams decide to pitch around the 2013 home run leader.


Nick Markakis, Nelson Cruz start in opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis (neck) and outfielder Nelson Cruz (head) were both in the starting lineup for Monday's season opener against the Red Sox.

Markakis was more questionable of the duo, as he was a game-time decision. Markakis hit leadoff, while Cruz hit fifth for Baltimore.


Nelson Cruz OK after HBP on Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) Orioles outfielder and free agent acquisition Nelson Cruz is fine after being plunked on the helmet Thursday by an Alex Cobb pitch. Cruz reported no pain Friday and should be good to go for opening day against Boston on Monday.

Nelson Cruz exits game after taking HBP in helmet


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz exited Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays after taking a hit by pitch in his helmet.

Cruz was plunked in the fourth inning by Alex Cobb and was replaced by Delmon Young. Cruz underwent a precautionary CT scan, which came back clean, according to MASN Sports.

Cruz came in batting .289/.372/.447 with four RBI in 38 at-bats.

Nelson Cruz settling in with Orioles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz has hit his stride after going hitless in his first two spring games. Cruz has hit safely in his last five games, batting .462 (6 for 13) in that span.

Cruz also has a double in four straight games. Cruz is batting .353 (6 for 17) with a .500 on-base percentage, .588 slugging percentage, 1.088 OPS, two RBI, five runs and five walks in seven games.


Nelson Cruz shaking off the rust


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz made his official spring training debut Saturday against the Blue Jays, reaching base twice in a 9-7 win. Cruz grounded out in his only official at bat, but reached base via walk twice and scoring once in the win.

Cruz only signed last week after sitting out 50 games due to a PED suspension last season, so he has seen very little live pitching since last August. He had just one at-bat in an intra squad game prior to Saturday's, and he told MLB.com he is looking forward to getting more under his belt.

"As soon as I came into the stadium, I missed that," Cruz said of the game feeling. "Good at-bats, I guess. With more at-bats, I'll feel better.


Nelson Cruz starting in left, batting ninth


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz will play in an intrasquad game Thursday, according to MLB.com.

Cruz will play left field and hit ninth. He's hoping to make his spring debut Saturday. Cruz signed with the club Monday, and will need a few days to get ready. The fact that he's playing Thursday is a good sign he'll be ready for game action.

Cruz hit .266/.327/.506 in 413 at-bats last year.


Nelson Cruz scheduled for spring debut Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz is scheduled to make his spring debut Saturday, MASNsports.com reorts.

Cruz inked a deal with Baltimore Monday and will start getting his spring reps in game action within a week of signing his contract. He'll likely serve as the team's regular designated hitter this season.


Orioles officially sign Nelson Cruz to one-year deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) The Orioles announced Monday that outfielder Nelson Cruz has officially been signed to a one-year contract.

Cruz was scheduled to undergo a physical Sunday and everything must have checked out, which wasn't necessarily a sure thing considering Baltimore's multiple failed physicals this offseason. He's set to make $8 million in 2014 and will likely fill the designated hitter role for the Orioles. Cruz hit .266/.327/.506 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI in 413 at-bats last season with the Rangers.


Nelson Cruz planning to take physical Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz is planning to take his physical Sunday, according to MASN.

Cruz drove up from Miami last night to join the club. His physical was initially scheduled for Sunday, but the club wasn't sure if it would have to be pushed to Monday. The 33-year-old outfielder signed a one-year, $8 million deal with the club Saturday.

Last season, Cruz hit .266/.327/.506 in 413 at-bats.


Nick Markakis embraces new teammate Nelson Cruz


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2014) Orioles outfelder and outspoken anti-steroid advocate Nick Markakis will now share a clubhouse with Nelson Cruz, who was suspended for 50 games last season for PED use. But Markakis was far from critical Saturday when asked about his new teammate.

"He's my teammate now so I've got to be a teammate," he told MASNsports.com.

Markakis added, however, that he remains staunchly against the use of PEDs.
 


Birds pluck Nelson Cruz from free agency


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2014) Nelson Cruz has found a home in Baltimore. The Orioles have signed the free agent outfielder to a one-year contract worth $8 million pending a physical, ESPN has reported.

Cruz will likely start in left field ahead of David Lough, who had been considered the starter before the new arrival. The inclusion of Cruz gives the Birds a dangerous lineup that already included such power threats as Manny Machado, Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy, Matt Wieters and defending American League home run champion Chris Davis.

It remains to be seen, however, if Cruz maintains his power numbers after losing 50 games in 2013 to a suspension in the Biogenesis drug scandal and leaving the bandbox in Texas. He slugged 27 home runs in two-thirds of a season last year.


Report: Birds close to signing Nelson Cruz


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2014) The Orioles are on the verge of signing free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz, a source has told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Cruz, who lost 50 games last year to a suspension for PED use, would likely fit in as a starting left fielder. Despite playing just two-third of the 2013 season, he still hit .266 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI.


Report: Birds hot after Nelson Cruz, Kendrys Morales


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) The Orioles have struck late in the offseason to improve their team through free agency and could be on the verge of striking again. They are in talks with both outfielder Nelson Cruz and designated hitter/first baseman Kendrys Morales, per FoxSports.com, which is further reporting that a deal could be struck soon.

Cruz could fit a need in left field, where David Lough is considered the current starter. Morales would likely serve as DH over Nolan Reimold.


Orioles still seeking upgrade at DH


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) The Orioles are considering several potential designated hitters still on the market, general manager Dan Duquette told MASNSports.com. He added, though, that the team would also explore in-house possibilities.

Duquette's proclamation Thursday could indicate an interest in Kendrys Morales or Nelson Cruz, though the latter would fit it more as a left fielder. Rumors have been rampant that the Birds are not satisfied with David Lough as the starter at that position or Nolan Reimold as the DH.


Nelson Cruz on Rangers' radar because he can still mash


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Free agent Nelson Cruz could wind up with the same team he left after the 2013 season, according to MLB.com. Though they signed outfielder Shin-Soo Choo early in the offseason and traded for slugger Prince Fielder, the Rangers have not ruled out bringing Cruz back as a designated hitter.

"We've touched base every week or so," said general manager Jon Daniels. "Nellie's highly regarded here. ... We'll see where it goes. ... I don't know what's going on with other teams and Nellie."

Cruz thrived in the hitter's ballpark in which the Rangers play their home games before losing 50 games to a PED suspension to end his 2013 season. He slugged 135 home runs in the last five seasons with the Rangers.


Orioles still in on Kendrys Morales and Nelson Cruz


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2014) The Orioles are still in on first baseman Kendrys Morales and outfielder Nelson Cruz, according to ESPN.

The team just brought in pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, and are still looking to add more talent. Both players have been linked to Baltimore throughout most of the offseason, but it was unclear whether the Orioles would spend the money.

The team also parted with a draft pick in order to sign Jimenez, so it might be easier for them to sign Morales or Cruz now. 


Mets not in on Nelson Cruz


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2014) The Mets are not having ongoing conversations with outfielder Nelson Cruz, according to ESPN.

An earlier report had suggested the two sides were discussing a deal, but that's not the case. A team official downplayed the news, saying it would be a stretch to say conversations were ongoing. Cruz hit .266/.327/.506 in 413 at-bats last season.


Report: Nelson Cruz, Kendrys Morales likely not Mets-bound


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2014) The Mets have recently spoken with the agent for free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz, but a match is unlikely, per the New York Daily News, which is further reporting that the team is probably not pursuing Kendrys Morales either.

Talks between Mariners, Nelson Cruz on hold


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2014) Talks between the Mariners and outfielder Nelson Cruz are on hold, according to SB Nation.

The team has been said to be in the hunt for Cruz the past few weeks, but have not been able to come to a deal. The club could be hoping Cruz lowers his offer in the next few days, or may have changed their focus after three of their pitchers came into camp with injuries. 

Cruz hit .266/.327/.506 in 413 at-bats last season.


M's GM says there's a chance another move is made


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik hinted that the team is capable of making another move, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.

When asked whether there was enough room in the budget to add salary, Zduriencik said there was a "window to do something." There have been rumors over the past few weeks that the team is pursuing outfielder Nelson Cruz. There's no indication Zduriencik was referencing Cruz with his comment, but it does appear the team has some space left to bring another player in.


Mariners interested in adding Nelson Cruz, another starter


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/7/2014) The most active team in the 2014 offseason is apparently not done after signing closer Fernando Rodney, according to ESPN, which has reported that the Mariners remain in hot pursuit of free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz and another starting pitcher.

Mariners talking to Nelson Cruz and Fernando Rodney


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2014) The Mariners are talking to outfielder Nelson Cruz and reliever Fernando Rodney, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Cruz and the Mariners have been linked the entire offseason, but things may have heated up in the past few days. The team is willing to hand out a multi-year deal for the 33-year-old outfielder, but it may only be a two-year deal. That deal could contain an option for a third season. Cruz hit .266/.327/.506 in 413 at-bats last year.

Rodney is said to be seeking about two-years, $15 million. It's not clear if the Mariners current payroll situation will allow them to sign both players. Rodney had a 3.38 ERA in 66 2/3 innings last season.


Nelson Cruz market starting to heat up


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2014) The market for outfielder Nelson Cruz is starting to heat up, according to the Boston Globe

There's said to be about four or five teams who are seriously considering Cruz. While Cruz was seeking a big, multi-year deal earlier in the offseason, there's still a chance he'll have to settle for a one-year deal. The Mariners continued to be mentioned as a landing spot for Cruz.