Nelson Cruz, seen here on card number 1199 of the 2006 Upper Deck set, will be the Rangers right fielder on Opening Day.
Ron Washington announced yesterday that Cruz had nailed down the starting slot. He will join Josh Hamilton and David Murphy in the outfield. Marlon Byrd looks to be the fourth outfielder.
This move seals the deal for Andruw Jones. He has to either accept a triple A assignment or hit the road. Unseating Cruz was his best chance of being in a Major League uniform on Opening Day; the contest was never even close.
Beating Cruz out would have been a tall order anyway. This spring Nelson is hitting .333 with three home runs and eleven RBI. That's with time away to participate in the World Baseball Classic.
Welcome to the starter's job Nelson, here's to hoping that your bat doesn't cool down as the summer warms up.