Rangers ink Cruz to two-year deal

The two-time defending American League year contract with outfielder Nelson Cruz, the team announced on Thursday.

The 31-year-old Cruz batted .263 with 29 home runs and a career-best 87 runs batted in during 124 regular-season games in 2011. In 17 postseason contests during the Rangers' pennant run, he logged a .226 average with eight homers and 16 RBI.

The bulk of Cruz's 2011 playoff output came during the American League Championship Series, during which he posted MLB records for most home runs (6) and RBI (13) in a postseason series. Not surprisingly, he was crowned ALCS Most Valuable Player for his efforts.

Cruz, who has played six of his seven major league seasons with the Rangers, has a .270 batting average with 106 home runs and 323 RBI over 536 career games.