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With a seemingly large number of teams looking to add starting pitching, Matt Garza's price still appeared to have dropped considerably when he agreed on a four-year, $52 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. So, what happens to free agent Nelson Cruz, who is looking for a big-money contract in a market that might not have one team in desperate need of his limited skill set?
The Baltimore Orioles, who aren't set at either the left field or designated hitter spots, would appear to be a fit, though Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe thinks the signing of Delmon Young would make it less possible.
The Seattle Mariners make much less sense after they brought in Corey Hart and Logan Morrison, while the Texas Rangers aren't a match after Shin-Soo Choo was signed.
One team that hasn't been connected with Cruz in rumors but may have the biggest need is the Detroit Tigers, who have a hole in the middle of their lineup after trading Prince Fielder.
The Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros could certainly use a right-handed power hitter and could likely afford the 33-year-old in their payrolls. If it doesn't interfere with their rebuilding process, he could fit in either spot on a one- or two-year deal.
Detroit Tigers 2/1
Baltimore Orioles 4/1
Seattle Mariners 10/1
Houston Astros 12/1
Chicago Cubs 15/1
Mystery Team 12/1