4 teams that could use Nelson Cruz as their designated hitter

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 07: Nelson Cruz #23 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates his solo homerun in the third inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 07, 2021 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 07: Nelson Cruz #23 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates his solo homerun in the third inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 07, 2021 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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Jul 27, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; A Milwaukee Brewers hat and glove on the dugout rail against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the tenth inning at PNC Park.Milwaukee won 6-5 in eleven innings. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 27, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; A Milwaukee Brewers hat and glove on the dugout rail against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the tenth inning at PNC Park.Milwaukee won 6-5 in eleven innings. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Could Nelson Cruz end up with the Milwaukee Brewers?

During his 17-year MLB career, Nelson Cruz has played all of eight games in the National League. Those glorious eight games came in September of 2005 with the Milwaukee Brewers.

While a 1-for-5 stat line during those eight games might not mean much, wouldn’t it be interesting if Cruz was able to finish his career with the team that gave him his first MLB start?

With the Brewers non-tendering Daniel Vogelbach just before the lockout went into effect, one of the franchise’s potential answers at DH was taken off the board. Some sites have Keston Hiura as a potential fit as designated hitter in Milwaukee, but a combined .192/.279/.362 slash line with 162 strikeouts in 390 at-bats over the last two seasons makes that thought a head-shaker.

Milwaukee finished eighth in homers and 13th in total hits last season in the 15-team National League. Their 4.56 runs per game was just above the league average. The addition of Cruz could help Milwaukee’s offense keep up with its elite pitching.

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The decision on Cruz with the Brewers will likely come down to money. However, with a one-year deal likely in place to land Cruz and Milwaukee looking to repeat as division champs, bringing on board a slugging veteran could be an intriguing addition.