Clubs are showing interest in Nelson Cruz (43), who has hit 459 home runs and exceeded 2,000 hits in the Major League (MLB) career.
The New York Post reported on the 11th (Korean time) that several teams, including the San Diego Padres, are considering signing Cruz.
San Diego general manager AJ Preller is known to have had a relationship with Cruz while serving as assistant general manager for the Texas Rangers. Cruz made his debut with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2005, but has played his most seasons (eight) with Texas.
Cruz hit 40 home runs in 2014 while playing for the Baltimore Orioles, becoming the first American League home run champion in his career. During his time with the Seattle Mariners, he hit 44 home runs, a career-high in 2015, and ranked second in home runs, and in 2016, he also hit 43 home runs, ranking second in the league in home runs.
Cruz had a batting average of 0.234 with 10 home runs and 64 RBIs last year at the Washington Nationals. However, he blew 105 hits last year, becoming the sixth active player to break the 2,000 mark. He was the first player to reach 2000 hits in a Washington uniform.
He obtained FA status after the 2022 season. However, due to his age and declining grades, he has yet to find a new team.