Nelson Cruz remains on the free agent market, and the Mets have had “some dialogue” with his representatives. A union between the two, though, is “highly unlikely.”
Sep 30, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz (17) on the field during batting practice before the American League wild-card tiebreaker game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers Ballpark at Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
According to Andy Martino of the Daily News, the Mets and Cruz will almost certainly not link up with one another, but it’s something to keep an eye on due simply to the fact that there have been conversations.
The Mets signing Cruz made very little sense before they inked Curtis Granderson, and it makes even less sense now.
Cruz, who will turn 34 in July, was suspended for 50 games last season due to his Biogenesis/performance enhancing drug link.
While it can’t be said that his production was due entirely to performance enhancing drugs, what can be said is this:
Nelson Cruz is a one tool player. He hits for power, and doesn’t do anything else particularly well.
In a small ballpark in the American League, Cruz can be hidden. In the expansive Citi Field outfield, Cruz’ defensive shortcomings would be magnified and his power would very likely be diminished.
Cruz gets a big “no thanks” from me.