’43 years old’ drug home run king, Ha-seong Kim becomes a new colleague… San Diego interest

Nelson Cruz (43), a veteran born in 1980, is receiving interest from the San Diego Padres. 

Reporter John Heyman of the US ‘New York Post’ reported on the 11th (Korean time) that San Diego is one of the 메이저놀이터 teams interested in FA Cruise. San Diego general manager AJ Preller also had a relationship with Cruz when he was assistant general manager of the Texas Rangers. 

In San Diego, after the season last year, Josh Bell (Cleveland) and Brandon Drury (LA Angels), who had a high percentage of DH appearances, left as free agents. In a situation where reinforcement of designated hitters is needed, Cruise is showing interest. 

Cruise, a Uta Geopo outfielder from the Dominican Republic, debuted with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2005 and is a veteran who spent 18 seasons with 7 teams including the Texas, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays and Washington Nationals. 

In 2006, he had a batting average of 27%, 2018 hits, 459 homers, 1302 RBIs, and an OPS of .859. In 2014, Baltimore led the American League home runs (40), was selected as an All-Star seven times, and boasted four Silver Slugger awards. 

In 2013, there was a dark history of being suspended for 50 games due to a prohibited drug, but the following year, he won the home run king and showed unchanging productivity. Since 2019, he has been playing as a full-time designated hitter 메이저놀이터 since giving up field defense, but he continues his career with his rust-free batting skills. 

Last year, he signed a one-year contract with Washington for 15 million dollars, but showed a downward trend with an OPS of .651 with 105 hits, 10 homers, and 64 RBIs in 124 games. There are rumors of him retiring as an active player, but he is still looking for a new team while showing his will to extend his career. In addition, he is leading the composition of the team as the general manager of the World Baseball Classic (WBC), which will be held in March.

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