The Baltimore Orioles offered designated hitter Nelson Cruz a three-year deal before he hit free agency, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports. The dollar value wasn’t reported, but the average yearly value was probably a huge step up from the $8 million Cruz made in 2014.
The Orioles offered Nelson Cruz a three-year deal before he went into free agency. They’re positioned to wait out as he talks w/ other teams
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 11, 2014
The Orioles are expected to meet with Cruz’s agent this week, according to executive vice-president Dan Duquette. Andy Martino was first to report on Twitter.
The slugger declined the Orioles’ qualifying offer for a one-year, $15.3-million contract. That will give the club a compensation pick if he signs anywhere else than in Baltimore.
On a side note, Olney reports that the Orioles and outfielder Nick Markakis remain in discussions regarding a multi-year contract. Duquette already stated that the club has enough payroll flexibility to sign both Cruz and Markakis.
Orioles remain in negotiations with outfielder Nick Markakis on a multi-yr. deal; one of the unresolved issues is deferred dollars. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 11, 2014