Orioles DH Nelson Cruz says he wants to stay with team

Monday September 22nd, 2014

Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz said that he wants to stay with the team after the season but that talks will have to wait until the team's playoff run is complete.  

The Orioles signed Cruz to a one-year deal worth $8 million this offseason after he spent the previous eight seasons with the Texas Rangers. He was suspended 50 games last season for ties to the Biogenesis clinic.

"Hopefully, we go a long way. Hopefully, I stay here, we work something out," Cruz said to MLB.com. "We have an important thing going on in front of us -- so after the season is over, we'll figure it out."

MLB standings: Playoff picture as of Sept. 22

Cruz, who was named the team's most valuable player on Sunday, is batting .269 this season with a major league-leading 39 home runs and 106 RBI, which is third in MLB.  

The Orioles have already clinched the American League East and will start their American League Division series on Oct. 2.

- Scooby Axson

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