A decision that had been made since last week, if not longer, became official Monday when the Texas Rangers officially made a one-year qualifying offer to free-agent slugger Nelson Cruz.
Cruz has until Monday to decide if he will accept the offer, worth $14.1 million, or turn it down in hopes of landing a multiyear deal. He indicated last month a desire to test the market for the first time.
If Cruz doesn’t accept, he and the Rangers can continue to negotiate. If Cruz signs with another club, the Rangers would receive that team’s first-round pick as compensation for losing him.
Cruz was the only free agent from the 2013 Rangers to receive a qualifying offer. The Rangers declined to make the offer to closer Joe Nathan, who became a free agent last week when he exercised his right to decline the club option on him.
He is seeking a two-year deal.
-- Jeff Wilson