Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz is expected today to accept Major League Baseball’s 50-game suspension — rather than appeal the penalty — resulting from his alleged involvement with Biogenesis, according to a CBS report.
The suspension will cost Cruz $60,439 per game, a total of $3.021 million of his $11 million base salary for 2013, but could also have long-term financial impact on him since he can become a free agent at the end of the season.
Cruz can work out with the Rangers or at one of the club’s minor league facilities, but would not be eligible to return to the lineup until the postseason, should the Rangers qualify.
It could, however, also mean the end of Cruz’s career with the Rangers. San Francisco lost outfielder Melky Cabrera to a 50-game suspension last year that wiped out the end of his regular season, but the Giants opted not to bring Cabrera back for the postseason. Cruz has hit 27 home runs, fourth in the American League, and has driven in 76 runs, tied for fifth. Cruz has been the second-most important player in the Rangers’ lineup this season, according to FanGraphs.com calculation of the all-around value metric of WAR (Wins Above Replacement). Third baseman Adrian Beltre has a 3.7 WAR value and Cruz a 1.5.
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