The San Diego Padres are reportedly interested in signing right-handed hitter Nelson Cruz (43), who has hit 459 career home runs.
Major League Baseball representative John Heyman wrote on the 11th (Korean time), “San Diego is one of the teams interested in signing Cruz. General manager AJ Preller and Cruz were together in Texas.”
Cruz is a veteran who has gone through all of the major league careers and has played 18 seasons. He played 2006 games in his career and has a batting average of 0.274 (2018 hits in 7358 at-bats), 459 home runs, 1302 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.859. He also has a brilliant career, including 7 All-Star appearances and 4 American League Silver Slugger awards.
San Diego is strengthening its squad by making storm signings ahead of the 2023 season. Shortstop Zander Bogatz (11 years, about 349.4 billion won) was caught, and veteran Matt Carpenter (2 years, about 15.4 billion won) was also recruited.
As much as the team has been added, there is also bleeding. Switch hitter Josh Bell (31, Cleveland Guardians) and right-handed batters Will Myers (33, Cincinnati Reds) and Brandon Drury (31, LA Angels) left the team and desperately needed reinforcements for right-handers. This is why they are interested in recruiting Cruise.
Many teams are considering signing Cruz, but there is a reason why a move to San Diego is being discussed. This is the relationship between Cruise and Captain Preller.
Clutch Point, a sports media, suggested the possibility of a transfer, saying, “When Cruz played for the Texas Rangers (2006-2013), Preller was an executive at the Texas club. There is an advantage to being together.” 토토
He added, “San Diego aimed to win the World Series after trading Juan Soto last year. The team will want to build a lineup with more talent next season.”
Recruiting Cruz can help the team a lot. He’s not quite as good as he was in his prime, but he can still hit double-digit home runs. Clubhouse leadership, which delivers positive messages to the squad, is one of its strengths.
Can San Diego, which wants to win the World Series, embrace Cruz? Attention is focused on the future of the cruise.