Cruz steps into power-hitting role with Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Few Mariners were happier to see Nelson Cruz in Seattle's clubhouse than Felix Hernandez. The Mariners' ace knows how difficult an out Cruz can be. Not only has Cruz broken up a Hernandez no-hit bid, the slugger is tied with the Yankees' Mark Teixeira for most home runs against the 2010 Cy Young Award winner with five. ''He reminded me of those things,'' Cruz...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Which Seattle Mariners Breakout With Big Seasons In 2015?

Seager Busted Out In 2014, so who’s Next? I have already said on numerous occasions that it’s very unrealistic of Seattle Mariners fans to expect their shiny new DH, Nelson Cruz, to step in and hit 40 homers in 2015.  It’s NOT going to happen, and you are fooling yourself if you believe it will.  What will happen for Cruz is 25 homers or so — maybe 30 — and a batting...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
4 days ago  |  Discuss

In Year 2, Mariners' McClendon aims to take team to playoffs

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon got off a fine start in his first season, guiding the team within one game of a playoff for the AL wild-card spot. After going 87-75, the expectations are even higher this year, especially with newcomer Nelson Cruz set to be the designated hitter. The Mariners made a 16-game improvement under McClendon and snapped a streak...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

In Lineup Bolstered By Offseason Moves, Robinson Cano Can Take Seattle Mariners To New Heights

Last offseason, Robinson Cano stunned the baseball world by choosing to sign with the Seattle Mariners over re-signing with the New York Yankees. In doing so, he left the hallowed Yankees scrambling for the franchise’s new face following Derek Jeter’s impending farewell season and changed coasts relishing in the chance to bring the Mariners their first World Series title. Before...
Via Oregon Sports News
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The best MLB free agent bargains of the past 10 years

With players reporting to spring training this week (and TOC beginning its season previews), the offseason is all but officially over. And with that, free agent signings have essentially come to an end — especially among the top talent available. Yet this is also the time of year that MLB clubs can find some good value in the bargain bin. That is, unless some team already made...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #62: Nelson Cruz | OF | SEA

Reserve your FREE copy of Baseball Professor’s 2015 Draft Guide, complete with our list of the Top 100 Dynasty League Prospects. 10,000 words of prospect coverage available on February 17! The popular narrative with Nelson Cruz is that he busted out in 2014, crushing 40 HR with at least a little luck, and now he’s heading to Safeco Field in Seattle where ballpark and...
Via Baseball Professor
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: 3 Positive Things In 2015

The whole Seattle Mariners off season centers on one question: have the Mariners done enough to take the next step?  The Mariners were a surprise in 2014, surviving elimination from the playoffs until the last day of the season.  With the Oakland A’s making moves and perhaps not being as strong as they were last season, now is the time for Seattle to end that playoff draught...
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Tuesday Links: Checking in on AL East rivals; Baltimore Orioles edition

It’s been a pretty quiet offseason for the defending American League East champions so far this winter. The Baltimore Orioles, who finished the 2014 season with a 96-66 record, have done more subtracting than adding, as the team has watched Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis find new homes. After signing a one year contract last winter, Cruz enjoyed a 40 home run season in 2014 and...
Via Fire Brand AL
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners update: Prospect review

Now that the Seattle Mariners have Nelson Cruz added to their lineup–not to mention all signs pointing to a silent rest of the off-season–it’s time to temporarily shift focus on the prospect pool for 2015. From Baseball America, the Mariners top 10 looks as follows: Alex Jackson, OF D.J. Peterson, 3B Ketel Marte, SS Patrick Kivlehan, 3B/1B Austin Wilson, OF Edwin Diaz, RHP...
December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Cruz Cashes In

I believe it’s safe to say this is the calm before the storm. Sunday, MLB’s annual Winter Meetings kick off in San Diego, and there’s still plenty around the baseball world that needs to be settled. We’ve had a “big” free agent signings, which we’ll get to momentarily, and we’ve also had a couple of notable trades. Still, the biggest names—Jon Lester, Max Scherzer...
Via The Sports Post
December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners promote Cruz's arrival as windshield-breaking news

The Seattle Mariners are hoping Safeco Field turns into a launching pad for home run balls after signing Nelson Cruz to a four-year, $57 million contract Thursday. And in case it does, the team wants to warn everyone in Seattle that their windshields might receive some harm from moonshots hit by Cruz. The team launched a clever marketing campaign in which they placed decals of a...
Via Fox Sports
December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners start ad campaign after Nelson Cruz signing

  The Seattle Mariners are hoping Safeco Field turns into a launching pad for home run balls after signing Nelson Cruz to a four-year, $57 million contract on Thursday.   And in case it does, the team wants to warn everyone in Seattle that their windshields might receive some harm from moonshots hit by Cruz. The team launched an awesome marketing campaign where they...
December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles Can Add Two Birds With One Move

Well, Baltimore Orioles GM Dan Duquette didn’t get much time to enjoy his 2014 Executive of the Year award. Maybe it was a good thing that Duquette was able to re-sign shortstop J.J. Hardy before the season ended and Hardy hit the open market like other Oriole teammates. Remember when the season ended and all we heard was how the Orioles and long time Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis...
Via Baseball Essential
December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners Book Cruz

You know the guy that was going to draft Nelson Cruz in your league because he just had a career year? The guy that drafted Chris Davis last year, Buster Posey the year before and Mitzi Gaynor in his 50's pinup league back in 1953? That guy is the Mariners. (In fairness to that doode, Mitzi had a hell of a follow-up in '54. Va Va Va Va Va Va -- How many Va's is that -- Voom!...
Via Razzball
December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Three predictions for Nelson Cruz in 2015

Credit: AP/Ted S. Warren Nelson Cruz will be a major force for the Seattle Mariners. After signing a four-year, $57 million contract, Cruz has joined an upswing unit hoping to make the playoffs for the first time since 2001. In today’s market, the dollar amount handed to Cruz is rather reasonable. Two or more years of production will easily justify the contract. With Cruz set...
Via Reading Between The Seams
December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners sign OF Nelson Cruz to four-year contract

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners have signed slugger Nelson Cruz to a four-year deal, adding a needed right-handed power hitter to their lineup. Seattle announced the contract signing Thursday morning. Cruz was to be introduced at a news conference later in the day. "He will be an asset on the field and in the clubhouse," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a statement...
Via AP on Fox
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik Finally Making The Right Moves

Seattle Mariners management has finally pulled the trigger on that elusive right-handed power hitter we’ve all been begging for up here in the Northwest: the guy to dig us out of a depressing playoff slump has finally arrived. With the impending addition of Nelson Cruz to the Seattle Mariners for a reported $57 million over 4 years, it really does appear that Jack Zduriencik is...
Via Oregon Sports News
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles, Rangers Showing Interest in Morse

According to reports from Bob Nightengale of USA Today, both the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers have shown interest in bringing in free agent Michael Morse. The #Orioles are showing strong interest in free-agent outfielder Michael Morse, who could replace Nelson Cruz.. — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 3, 2014 The #Rangers are now exploring the possibility of pursuing...
Via Baseball Essential
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

How Valuable a Trade Piece is Taijuan Walker?

It’s beyond evident the Seattle Mariners are trying to win in 2015. That’s the only reason you’d commit $58 million to a guy like Nelson Cruz, and even after that acquisition, the Mariners continue to look to add another bat. If they find one, it’s probably going to be an outfielder, and as the Mariners […]
Via Fangraphs
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Bon Voyage: The Seattle Mariners Take A Cruz

Slugging Right Fielder Signs With Seattle Well now, that was an interesting first day of December wasn’t it?  If you are a Seattle Mariners fan and somehow missed the news the Seattle Mariners continue to sign big checks. First it was Felix Hernandez, then it was Robinson Cano.  This fall it was Kyle Seager.  The M’s latest big check is labeled: Pay To The Order of Nelson...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Nelson Cruz: Meet Safeco Field

On Monday, one of the more anticipated transactions of the past two off-seasons finally came to pass: Nelson Cruz finally signed with the Mariners. Seattle’s interest in him dates back to at least last winter, but for various reasons, he ended up settling for a one year, $8 million deal with the Orioles for 2014 […]
Via Fangraphs
December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

One Year Later, The Seattle Mariners Land Nelson Cruz

One year after reportedly turning down a five year $75 million contract to play with the Seattle Mariners, Nelson Cruz signed a four year $57 million deal to hit in between Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager. If the rumored offer from last year was indeed true, then Cruz, who played last year for the Baltimore Orioles on a one year $8 million deal, ultimately left $10 million on the table...
Via Oregon Sports News
December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Nelson Cruz To Seattle

Neil Mehta Staff Writer Nelson Cruz and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a 4-year, $57 million contract. Cruz is coming off an All-Star year in 2014, when he hit .271 with 40 home runs and 108 RBIs. Cruz’s 40 home runs lead the major leagues. Cruz signed with the Orioles in 2014 after he was suspended for 50 games in 2013 as a member of the Texas Rangers. Cruz made his MLB...
Via TopSportsReport
December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Nelson Cruz In Seattle

Source: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America The Seattle Mariner’s hunt for power is well known at this point. Signing Nelson Cruz to a four year, $57 million contract gives them a big jolt of power in the middle of their lineup. Last year Cruz led the majors with 40 home runs and posted an impressive .271/.333/.525 line, owning the eighth highest slugging percentage among...
Via The Fantasy Fix
December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Storylines: Cruz, Mariners agree to deal

In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI. Here are the stories from Monday, Dec. 1.  Top Stories: The Mariners agreed to a multi-year deal with Nelson Cruz, Dominican journalist Yancen Pujols first...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
December 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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