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07:45 AM ET 01.20 | Inside of a month from pitchers and catchers reporting, free agent Nelson Cruz remains a man without a team. The power-hitting outfielder lingers in free agency. Teams are staying away because salary demands still haven't come down quite enough, according to one National League general manager. Cruz, who requires a team to give up a draft pick, may have to settle for a pillow contract of one year to reestablish value. Right now, teams are trying to get him for a bargain price, while he is trying to get his true worth even after his 50-game PED suspension, which he served last season. Cruz's righthanded power still makes a lot of sense for a few teams. The Orioles were one, but their recent acquisition of Delmon Young may squash that.

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January 20, 2014  07:52 AM ET

Looks like you should have jumped on the Rangers' offer, eh?

January 20, 2014  08:04 AM ET

...this guy will be in ranger uni at a fair price for dh and backup OF duty....moreland will be traded for a pitcher....

January 20, 2014  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Looks like you should have jumped on the Rangers' offer, eh?

He just may take their next offer.

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January 20, 2014  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He just may take their next offer.

For the right price - I'd plug him in at DH and move on.

January 20, 2014  09:43 AM ET

He is a liability in the field, so it is the AL or wait until the injury bug hits some team during the season or a team that needs a hitter.

January 20, 2014  10:15 AM ET
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...this guy will be in ranger uni at a fair price for dh and backup OF duty....moreland will be traded for a pitcher....

And then violate MLB's drug policy once again.

January 20, 2014  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

OMG. This actually makes sense.

He must be using a stand-in on this thread.

January 20, 2014  11:03 AM ET

The Rangers WANT him to sign elsewhere so they can recoup the draft pick they gave up when they signed Choo from Cincinnati!

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January 20, 2014  01:04 PM ET
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...this guy will be in ranger uni at a fair price for dh and backup OF duty....moreland will be traded for a pitcher....

I agree the Rangers need another pitcher or two ... it's what they should have been looking for all along ... trading for Fielder was a bad move, mark my words ... not that Kinsler didn't need to go, but not for Fielder ... Moreland should be kept, he is on the verge of having a breakout ... as for Cruz ... my feelings about PED users is well known ... don't want him, don't need him ... sorry, but I don't agree with the twists and turns the Rangers are making ... I may have to eat my words, but I just don't think this helps ...

January 20, 2014  01:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

That I believe. But Texas might also bring him back if he's cheap.

I don't think the Rangers really want him back ... they feel he burned them ...

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January 20, 2014  04:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He just may take their next offer.

Cruz will ended playing with the rangers and he could be playing a full season full of surprises though,
by being playing for the rangers on this 2014 season his tag likely should increase dramactically!!

January 20, 2014  04:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

That I believe. But Texas might also bring him back if he's cheap.

the one who benefits of all?the rangers,their lineup could be one of the toughest in the league not to mention the cheap deal and that's just a extra advantage for texas!!

 
January 20, 2014  05:01 PM ET

That giving up a draft pick has made a lot of teams rethink their plans...

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