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Dodgers News: Nelson Cruz Off the Table For LA;Signs with Nationals

One DH option for the Dodgers is no longer any option. According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, free agent Nelson Cruz had agreed to a one-year deal with the Washington Nationals.

Rosenthal reported that the deal is worth a guaranteed $13M and includes a mutual club option for the 2023 season. However, ESPN’s Enrique Rojas stated the deal differently. Either way, Cruz won’t be with the Dodgers.

As of yesterday, it was reported that there were about eight teams interested in Cruz. Per reports, the majority of interested clubs were National League teams hoping to take advantage of universal DH. 

Last season, Cruz produced a .832 OPS playing primarily in the DH spot. He finished the season with the Tampa Bay Rays after being traded at the deadline by the Minnesota Twins. 

The Dodgers could possibly pivot to Jorge Soler or Albert Pujols now that Cruz is no longer on the market. 

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Eric Eulau

Born and raised in Ventura, not "Ven-CH-ura", California. Favorite Dodger Stadium food is the old school chocolate malt with the wooden spoon. Host of the Dodgers Nation 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast.

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