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Cruz's $16M Deal With Rangers is Backloaded

Cruz's contract loaded with incentives



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    ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers misses the fly ball hit by Allen Craig #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals, scoring David Freese #23 in the bottom of the sixth inning during Game One of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

    Nelson Cruz's $16 million, two-year contract with the Texas Rangers calls for the AL championship series MVP to receive a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $5 million this year and $10.5 million in 2013.

    Under the agreement announced Friday, Cruz's 2013 salary can rise by an additional $500,000 based on plate appearances in 2012: $100,000 each for 500, 525, 550, 575 and 600.

    He can earn an additional $50,000 if he's an All-Star, as he was in 2009, and $75,000 if he's the AL championship series MVP, which he earned last year after hitting a record six home runs in the six-game victory over Detroit.