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Thoughts on Nelson Cruz, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis' contract talks with the Orioles
Thoughts on Nelson Cruz, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis' contract talks with the Orioles

Free agent Nelson Cruz finished seventh in the American League Most Valuable Player voting Thursday night. That seems a little low to me, especially since he led the majors in homers and was the biggest contributor for an Orioles team that won 96 games and the AL East title. I can live with it, though. I figured he’d probably finish between fifth and seventh. And the six guys in front of him had excellent seasons. Cruz garnered six votes for third place; three for fourth; two each for fifth, sixth and seventh; and one for both ninth and 10th. I guess I’m a bit surprised about two things. 1. Thirteen of the 30 voters, or almost half, left Cruz completely out of their...

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