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Nationals sign DH Nelson Cruz

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Free Agent Designated Hitter Nelson Cruz has found a new home. And it’s a unique one.

Cruz — one of the most prolific home run hitters in MLB history — has switched leagues. With the new CBA, all teams will use Designated Hitters moving forward.

Nelson Cruz points to the sky after hitting a home run (Photo by Nelson Cruz/Instagram)

The DH will not just be in the American League, like it has been the case for decades.

He has signed a one-year deal with the Washington Nationals. The agreement includes a mutual option for the 2023 season.

Cruz will receive $12 million for the upcoming season. The mutual option will be for $16 million.

If the Nationals decide to cut ties with the slugger after the 2022 season, he will be paid $3 million. Then he can find a new home.

He has spent the majority of his career in the American League due to the DH rule. He has spent 16 of his 17 seasons in the AL.

He has played in 1,874 games in the AL. However, he has played in just eight games in the National League.

As a 24-year-old, he played in eight games with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2005.

Since July 28th, 2006 through Sunday night, he spent his career in the American League with numerous teams. In July 2006, he was traded by the Brewers to the Texas Rangers with Carlos Lee for Laynce Nix, Kevin Mench, Francisco Cordero, and prospect Julian Cordero.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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