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Nelson Cruz accepts advisor role with Dodgers

Wed Nov 29 1:29pm ET
Field Level Media

Nelson Cruz, who retired earlier this month after 19 major league seasons, is accepting an advisor role with the Los Angeles Dodgers, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

It's unclear what Cruz's role will be or when it starts. In announcing his retirement, Cruz said he would be competing this winter in the Dominican Professional Baseball League in what amounts to a farewell tour.

Cruz was released by the San Diego Padres on July 10, approximately six months removed from signing a one-year, $1 million contract with the club.

He batted .245 with five home runs and 23 RBIs in 49 games (33 starts), mostly as a designated hitter this past season.


Cruz is a career .274 hitter with 464 career homers and 1,325 RBIs with eight teams, though not with the Dodgers. He's a four-time Silver Slugger and the 2011 American League Championship Series MVP as a member of the Texas Rangers.

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