In the past three seasons, Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz has pounded out 84 homers and the American League champs would like to keep that bat in the lineup for a bit longer.
Cruz is scheduled to have an arbitration hearing with the Rangers, but the word from the Dallas Morning News is that the two sides won't have to show up. The paper reports that they have agreed on a two-year contract. This comes on the heels of news Wednesday that the team had avoided arbitration with shortstop Elvis Andrus by giving him a two-year deal.
Cruz, who batted .263 with 29 dingers last season, asked for $7.5 million from the team this season while the Rangers said they'd like to pay him $5.5 million.