While the Rangers are planning on Cruz being in right field, Daniels said the team will plan for the chance that he won't be, though not only because of the allegations that could lead to a 50-game suspension.
“While there's some chatter out there, we'll take a look at some other guys. Forgetting about the situation in Miami, but for the sake of injury, we've got to be prepared there,” Daniels said. “We've got a number of guys coming to camp and we told all of them, whatever your position was in the minor leagues, you're a baseball player now. Whether you're a middle infielder, you may play in the corner or if you're a third baseman in the case of Mike Olt, you might play some outfield.”
That includes touted shortstop prospect Jurickson Profar, who could make the major league roster as a 20-year-old without a starting spot.
Another possibility in right could first baseman Mitch Moreland, who has started 32 games there and played 12 more during his three seasons.
Cruz hit .260 last season with 24 home runs and 90 RBIs while playing a career-high 159 games. A .268 career hitter in 695 games — all but eight with Texas where he was traded from Milwaukee in 2006 — he is going into the last season of his contract with the Rangers.