Nelson Cruz Washington Nationals

Age: 42 (July 01, 1980) | 6' 2" | 230lbs. | Bats: Right 1B-1 DH-133 PH-4
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
SEA AL 2018 144 519 70 133 55 122 18 1 37 97 1 0 .256 .342 .509 9 21 .264 44/18/39 25 22
MIN A+ 2019 2 7 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .286 .286 0 43 .500 n/a
MIN AL 2019 120 454 81 141 56 131 26 0 41 108 0 1 .311 .392 .639 11 25 .351 40/20/40 30 27
MIN AL 2020 53 185 33 56 25 58 6 0 16 33 0 0 .303 .397 .595 12 27 .360 46/23/31 32 30
MIN AL 2021 85 296 44 87 35 63 13 1 19 50 3 0 .294 .370 .537 10 18 .308 44/18/38 17 16
TAM AL 2021 55 217 35 49 16 63 8 0 13 36 0 0 .226 .283 .442 7 27 .252 41/19/40 6 7
WAS NL 2022 124 448 50 105 49 119 16 0 10 64 4 0 .234 .313 .337 10 24 .295 52/19/28 11 11
Career 18yrs 2006 7358 1081 2018 732 1870 367 14 459 1302 83 32 .274 .344 .515 9 23 .306 n/a
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Rotowire:

Remains out of lineup
September 21, 2022
Cruz (eye) isn't starting Wednesday against Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Cruz is out of the lineup for a seventh consecutive matchup due to left eye inflammation, but the Nationals haven't yet indicated that they plan to put him on the injured list. Luke Voit will serve as the designated hitter and bat cleanup once again.
Alex Patton Alex

Rotowire:

Back in lineup Friday
August 12, 2022
Cruz (shoulder) is starting at designated hitter and batting third in Friday's series opener versus the Padres.
ANALYSIS
Cruz is ready to go Friday after missing Wednesday's loss to the Cubs with right shoulder soreness. The 42-year-old is currently in the middle of a power drought, failing to hit a homer over 112 at-bats in his last 33 games.
Alex Patton Alex
Aug 12

If he kills it in the 1st half, the Nats will surely deal him to a contender.  Unless a miracle happens and they are contenders.  With expanded playoffs, this seems more possible.  Just not likely.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Mar 15

The beat writer, last night:

The breakdown of Cruz’s deal is $12 million for 2022, then a $16 million mutual option for 2023 with a $3 million buyout, according to two people with direct knowledge of the terms. Since mutual options are rarely picked up, adding his salary for the coming season with the buyout equals the expected total value of the contract.

John Thomas Roll2
Mar 14

Ken Rosenthal says it's a one-year deal for $15M with a mutual option for 2023. That makes more sense, though really what is a mutual option?

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Mar 14

The big player option for the third year seems kind of crazy for a 42 year old player. (I use current year minus birth year for player age. Old timers use July 1 age, though I'm not sure if that's before July 1 or after July 1. For Cruz that makes a difference and illustrates why having the age change in the middle of the season isn't helpful.)

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Mar 14

Tenchy Rodriguez and Hector Gomez of Z101 Digital report that the
Nationals have agreed to a two-year, $28 million contract with Nelson
Cruz.
Spin: The deal also includes a $15 million player option
for a third year. The 41-year-old slugger should be ample to provide
ample RBI totals with on-base machine Juan Soto hitting ahead of him in
the Nationals lineup. He's currently just 51 home runs shy of the
illustrious total of 500 for his career -- a mark that he should easily
surpass during his time with the Nationals as long as he stays healthy. (OnRoto)

Frank Smith Pancho
Mar 14

Likely to sign with the Nationals for 13M, but is it the first half Cruz or the 2nd half Cruz.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Mar 14

Jim Bowden at The Athletic, looking at the flurry of activity if the two sides come to an agreement today:

Nelson Cruz, DH

Age: 41
WAR: 2.5 OPS+: 130

No player in baseball should be happier about the expected adoption of the universal designated hitter, which will potentially give Cruz 15 more teams to join. Cruz slugged 32 home runs last season with 86 RBIs and a .334 on-base percentage. The seven-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger winner hits for power and has a positive influence on young players. Cruz has made between $12-15 million per year since 2015, and he’s likely to sign another one-year contract in that range at this stage of his career. After the lockout ends, it probably will take only four to five days at most for him to find his new team.

Alex Patton Alex
Mar 9
2020: EV 91.6 HardHit 47% Barrel 15% HR/FB 41% LA 9.4 Pull 35% Cent 38% Oppo 28%
2021: EV 92.9 HardHit 52% Barrel 14% HR/FB 21% LA 11.8 Pull 41% Cent 34% Oppo 25%
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '21