Jon Daniels Five Biggest Mistakes Since 2010
By Ben Dieter
3. Nelson Cruz –
Jul 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz (17) points to the sky was he crosses home plate on his solo home run against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports
The Texas Rangers made Nelly the qualifying offer of $14.1 million, which he declined to see what he could get on the open market. No one knew that Nelly was going to have the type of season he is having, but the Texas Rangers did know that the slugger would be a good designated hitter and that depth is never a bad thing. But Jon Daniels and his staff let Nelly walk to the tune of $8 million to the Orioles, and he has been nothing short of spectacular for them. The Rangers knew that Nelly had pop in his bat still, but they were worried about having him play in the outfield. While I don’t blame them on that one, I think the Texas Rangers should have tried harder to resign Nelly, because they sure could use his power at the plate right now.