Nelson Cruz signing autographs -- not qualifying offers.
The Texas Rangers said Monday that right fielder Nelson Cruz rejected the club's qualifying offer for a contract in 2014.
According to the Associated Press, the team's offer was worth $14.1 million, but as per usual, the team refused to comment on money matters.
The All-Star served a 50-game suspension starting in August as a result of MLB's investigation in the Biogenesis case, though Cruz was able to play in the AL wild-card tiebreaker after serving his penalty. Before his suspension, Cruz hit .269 with 27 homers and 76 RBIs in 2013. He was 0 for 4 in the Rangers' season-ending loss to Tampa Bay.
Cruz had until 4 p.m. to either accept or decline the team's offer. The Rangers can still negotiate with Cruz on a new contract, but they will gain an additional selection in the 2014 First Year Player Draft should he sign with another team.
Additionally, the team said they'll receive draft pick compensation if Cruz signs with another club.