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November 11, 2013

Nelson Cruz rejects qualifying offer from Rangers

Nelson Cruz will test the free-agent market this off-season after rejecting a one-year qualifying offer from the Texas Rangers ahead of the Monday afternoon deadline.

Cruz's agent, Adam Katz, informed general manager Jon Daniels of the decision Sunday. Cruz has turned down $14.1 million and a guaranteed return to the Rangers for 2014 in hopes of landing a multiyear contract on a thin market for power bats.

Cruz and the Rangers can continue to negotiate. The club will receive a first-round pick as compensation should Cruz sign with another club.

The Rangers need to add power to a lineup that sagged offensively in 2013, and became even more inconsistent after Cruz was suspended for the final 50 games for using performance-enhancing drugs.

He returned for the final game of the season, a tiebreaker loss to Tampa Bay that determined the AL's second wild-card entry into the playoffs.

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