The writing is on the wall for former Seattle Mariners All Star Nelson Cruz.
He had signed a one year deal with the Padres this offseason, hoping to prove that he had something left in the tank. Instead, Cruz continued his struggles over the previous few years, posting an 88 OPS+ with five homers and five doubles in his 152 plate appearances, drawing six walks while striking out 46 times. It was not a surprise when the Padres let him go on June 10.
The end of the road for former Seattle Mariners star Nelson Cruz
It is also not a surprise that Cruz has not received any interest since being released. He is 42 years old – the thunder just is not there any longer. Cruz cannot help a team looking to reach the postseason at this stage of his career. That career has come to an end as Hector Gomez reported that Cruz will return to the Dominican Winter League this offseason in order to retire with the Gigantes Del Cibao.
Cruz certainly put together a solid career. A seven time All Star and four time Silver Slugger, he posted a .274/.343/.513 batting line with 464 homers and 372 doubles in his 8396 plate appearances. Although he was not an everyday player until he turned 28 years old, and was suspended due to his part in the BioGenesis scandal, Cruz was a star during his prime.
That time has come to an end. Cruz is ready to head off into the sunset, ending his career at home. He will get to play in front of his countrymen, getting the type of sendoff he deserves. And maybe, Cruz can end his career with a championship.
Former Seattle Mariners star Nelson Cruz will retire this offseason. We wish him well in his future endevours.