Nelson Cruz accepts 50-game suspension from MLB

8/5/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

In the wake of the news regarding Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun's suspensions stemming from the use of performance-enhancing drugs, a lot of people have forgotten about another slugger linked to the now-infamous Biogenesis Clinic - Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz.

Blog Photo - Nelson Cruz accepts 50-game suspension from MLBCruz hired a new agent on Monday - Adam Katz, who has guided player such as Bartolo Colon and Edinson Volquez through their PED suspensions. Upon hiring Katz, it was assumed that Cruz would accept a deal proposed by MLB, and that is exactly what he did on Monday afternoon.

MLB offered Cruz a 50-game ban as long as he agreed not to file for an appeal, and Bob Nightengale of USA Today has confirmed that Cruz will accept the suspension. With the Rangers having played 112 games so far this year, the suspension is essentially a ban for the remainder of the 2013 regular season.

By accepting the suspension, Cruz will be able to enter free agency in November with a clean slate at the age of 33. An All-Star this season, Cruz will draw interest despite his recent violation of league rules. He wraps up the 2013 campaign with a .269 average, 27 home runs, and 76 RBI.

As I'm sure you've already figured, Cruz should be dropped in re-draft fantasy leagues.
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8/5/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

So next year he'll get a 5 year $70 million contract in free agcency... He also saved a bunch of wear and tear on his congrats is due to Nelson for beating the man....????