Per the beat writers on Twitter, free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz has informed the Texas Rangers that he is rejecting the qualifying offer which the Rangers have tendered him.
Had Cruz accepted the offer by today's deadline, he would have returned to Texas on a one year deal for $14.1 million. Cruz is free to continue to negotiate with Texas, as well as the other 29 teams, on a new contract. Should Cruz sign with someone other than the Rangers, Texas will get a compensatory draft pick in the supplemental first round.
Cruz, 33, is a free agent for the first time in his career, and is expected to land a multi-year deal for $12-15 million per year. After a down 2012 season, Cruz put up a .266/.327/.506 line in 109 games in 2013, with his season being marred by a 50 game suspension for his involvement with the Biogenesis clinic.