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ARLINGTON (AP) – The Rangers have made a $14.1 million qualifying contract offer for next season to Nelson Cruz, the All-Star slugger who served a 50-game suspension this year.
Texas didn’t make qualifying offers Monday to six other eligible free agents, including catchers A.J. Pierzynski and Geovany Soto
If Cruz declines the offer and signs with another team, the Rangers would get a compensatory pick at the end of the first round of the 2014 amateur draft.
Cruz was among 14 players disciplined by Major League Baseball after its investigation of the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic, accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.
In 108 games before his suspension in August, Cruz hit .269 with 27 homers and 76 RBIs. He returned for the AL wild-card tiebreaker and went 0 for 4.
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