ARLINGTON — The Texas Rangers want Nelson Cruz back, kind of.
The Texas Rangers will extend a one-year qualifying offer to the outfielder worth $14.1 million, according to The Dallas Morning News. Cruz can decline the offer and negotiate with other teams, including the Rangers, for a multi-year contract.
Cruz's options might be limited. He had a big season with 27 home runs in 456 plate appearances, but the season was cut short by a 50-game suspension for his connection to Biogenesis and performance enhancing drugs. He's also 33 years old.
Cruz has been with the Rangers since 2006 and has been a starter for them since 2009. In those five seasons since, Cruz has hit more than 30 home runs once — 33 in 2009 — and has driven in more than 80 runs twice — 90 in 2012, 87 in 2011.
With the World Series end Wednesday night, Texas has five days to extend their offer to Cruz, who has until 12 days after the series to accept or decline. Again, if Cruz declines the offer, the Rangers can still negotiate with him.