Nelson Cruz Reveals Playing Plans For 2023

The seemingly ageless Nelson Cruz actually did age a bit in 2022. His production fell off considerably this season at the age of 41. Now, at 42, he has decided he isn't done playing just yet. MLB Insider Jon Morosi has the latest on Cruz's plans for the beginning of 2023, at least.

Morosi says that Cruz will serve as general manager and active player for the Dominican Republic in the 2023 World Cup of Baseball in March.

Cruz recently underwent successful eye surgery to address inflammation, and that issue may have been partly to blame for his big dropoff in '22. He finished by hitting .234 with 10 home runs and 64 RBI, with an OPS of .651 — the lowest of his career since his first full season in 2006.

The Washington Nationals declined his option, making him a free agent once again this winter. There still could be some interest in the veteran slugger who has been one of the best and most consistent power bats in baseball for the better part of 18 years. 

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