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Nelson Cruz

Nelson Cruz


Age: 42Bats: RThrows: R

2023 Outlook

Draft Rank (ECR) H #267
Best / Worst #209 / #325
ADP #391

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Nelson Cruz agrees to one-year deal with Padres

Nelson Cruz is in agreement on a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres.

Fantasy Impact

Cruz had a down year in 2022, having a wRC+ below 100 (85) for the first time since 2007. He'll likely platoon in the DH spot with Matt Carpenter, but there is potential for Cruz to be a valuable fantasy player if he can return to form in the powerful Padres lineup.

Vince DiSilvio3 weeks ago
Nelson Cruz becomes a free agent

Nelson Cruz will enter the free-agent market after the Nationals declined their side of his mutual option for 2023.

Fantasy Impact

Cruz's mutual option for 2023 carried a value of $16 million, so it is no surprise the rebuilding Nationals decided not to pick it up. Cruz turned 42 years of age back on July 1 and showed definite signs of decline this past season. The seven-time All-Star compiled a .651 OPS, 10 home runs and 64 RBI across 124 games in 2022.

Nelson Cruz day-to-day with eye inflammation

Nelson Cruz was diagnosed with left eye inflammation and is feeling better after having blurry vision.

Fantasy Impact

Cruz could return in the next few days, according to Dave Martinez. Father time has finally caught up to the 42-year-old as Cruz has just ten home runs and a .234 batting average this season in 507 plate appearances.

Chris Clegg20 weeks ago
Nelson Cruz collects three hits, scores two runs Thursday against Cardinals

Nelson Cruz went 3-for-5 Thursday, singling three times and scoring two runs in the Nationals' 11-6 win over the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact

Cruz has picked up hits in three of his last five games for the Nationals, scoring four runs and driving in one run in that span. The veteran slugger has had a disappointing season for fantasy managers, hitting .238 with 50 runs scored, 10 home runs, and 64 runs batted in through 121 games this season.

Chris Schommer21 weeks ago
Nelson Cruz day-to-day with knee injury

Nelson Cruz is considered day-to-day with a right knee contusion. Cruz has been out of the lineup after fouling a ball of his right knee on September 3rd.

Fantasy Impact

Cruz has been receiving treatment and it sounds like the veteran should avoid an IL stint. The 42-year-old is slashing .235/.315/.343 with 10 home runs, 64 RBIs, and four stolen bases in 118 games.

Jesse Garcia21 weeks ago
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