What does Peralta's deal mean for Cruz?
But as Jhonny Peralta's contract shows, PED users can get lucrative contracts, especially knowing they can play in Game 1 of the 2014 season. Peralta, who served his 50-game suspension in Detroit last year and returned for the end of the season and the postseason, agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth around $52 million this weekend.
Peralta is a few years younger than Cruz and hit .303 last season. He isn't a power guy like Cruz, though, hitting 11 homers and driving in 55 RBIs last year, primarily batting sixth or seventh.
If Peralta can get four years and $52 million, can't Cruz get more than that? Four years might seem like a bit of a stretch, in that Cruz turns 34 in July. But he hits for more power -- 27 homers last year in just 109 games and has hit at least 22 homers in each of his five full seasons in the big leagues -- and he drove in 76 runs in 2013, which was leading the Rangers until his suspension.
Cruz is a middle-of-the-order hitter with a history of postseason success. If Peralta's deal is any indication, the PED suspension last year won't hurt him at all. He's due for a big payday.
If he doesn't sign with the Rangers, by the way, Texas will receive a draft pick as compensation.
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