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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Seattle Mariners, several other teams remain interested in Nelson Cruz

By on 2/02/2014 04:30:00 PM

Free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz has been a big name on the market this entire off season, yet his market has moved slowly.  There was speculation among general managers earlier this winter that Cruz could settle for a one-year contract in an attempt to rebuild his value. Cruz was initially looking for a four-year deal in the neighborhood of $75 million.

Another problem with Cruz receiving less interest  initially than maybe anticipated is that his free agency is tied to draft pick compensation. While Cruz being willing to accept a one-year deal, it's a risky move on his part should have have a bad season in 2014.   But it appears momentum is starting to build in Cruz's favor with interest in him mounting.

Keith Allison  via Wikimedia Commons

As reported by Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, there are teams that need right handed power.  The Mariners remain interested, but according to one Major League source, there could be four or five teams making a run at Cruz.  The Orioles are another team in the mix and it's possible that Cruz could re-sign with the Rangers.

Cruz began his Major League career with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2005. He had only five at bats with the Brewers and played the next eight seasons with the Texas Rangers.  Cruz has had five consecutive seasons with 20 or more home runs, with a season high 33 in 2009.  Last season, he batted .266 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI.  Cruz is a career .268 hitter with 157 home runs and 489 RBI.


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