The San Diego Padres acquired Nelson Cruz and made it official.
San Diego announced on its official website on the 24th (Korean time), “The club has agreed to a one-year contract with 7th All-Star Geopo Cruise.” It was a $1 million contract, and they got him for a relatively cheap price.
Cruz, a veteran entering his 19th season, posted a career batting average of 0.274 with 459 home runs, 1,302 RBIs, and 1,081 runs with an OPS of 0.859. He was selected as an All-Star seven times, as the club noted, and won the Silver Slugger four times.
However, his career has not been fully recognized due to drug use. He was suspended for 50 games in 2013 for taking a banned substance, and returned to the big leagues in 2014 to hit 40 home runs and become the home run king.
Since 2019, he has not been on defense, and has only appeared as a designated hitter and is concentrating on batting. He still boasted his power, but last year he had a batting average of 0.234, 10 home runs, and an OPS of 0.651. It was reported that this was due to his eye injury, and it was said that there was no problem while undergoing surgery.
San Diego boasted a formidable batting line by adding Cruz to the lineup. Along with him, Matt Carpenter is expected to share the designated hitter spot. San Diego plans to aim for the World Series title with the arrival of Fernando Tatis Jr. returning in the middle of the season. 메이저사이트