SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Outfielder Nelson Cruz has finalized an $8 million, one-year contract with Baltimore. The deal that puts him on track to become the team's regular designated hitter.
The 33-year-old served a 50-game suspension last year for violating baseball's drug agreement.
He turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Texas Rangers in November. Because of the qualifying offer, Baltimore forfeits its second-round selection in June's amateur draft, the 55th pick overall.