Nelson Cruz

Nelson Cruz wanted to sign with Red Sox past 2 seasons

Ryan Hannable
July 14, 2015 - 3:22 pm

CINCINNATI -- Nelson Cruz doesn't hide it, he and David Ortiz are very close. Close enough that Ortiz tried to get Cruz to sign with the Red Sox following the 2013 season. Cruz, who played eight seasons in Texas with the Rangers, ultimately signed a one-year deal with the Orioles prior to the 2014 season. The outfielder/designated hitter was again a free agent this past offseason and once again Ortiz tried to get Cruz to Boston. Cruz said it meant a lot to have a player like Ortiz recruit him to join the Red Sox, but ultimately it isn't Ortiz making the decisions. "Yes, he did. It's huge," Cruz said. "I mean he doesn't make the calls. I guess they listen to him because he's been with the team for so long and he's the face of the team, but at the same time it is the GM's and owners' call." "My agent also tried, but they had their plans," he added. This offseason the Red Sox signed free agents Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, while Cruz inked a four-year, $57 million deal with the Mariners. The right-handed slugger is currently fifth in the American League with 21 homers. For more Red Sox news, visit