Mariners Quest For A Full Time Right Fielder May Come Up Empty

No Melky, No Rios, Now What? After seemingly being on the verge of signing free agent right fielder Melky Cabrera the Seattle Mariners instead swung and missed as he wound up signing a three year deal with the White Sox. Why did this happen?  Maybe the Mariners wouldn’t go four years.  Maybe they didn’t think Melky was worth $14 million per season when that’s pretty much...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
3 days ago  |  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...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners have made no progress in talks for Dayan Vicideo of White Sox

The Mariners have shown interest in White Sox outfielder Dayan Vicideo but have made no progress in trade talks. At 25, Vicideo has always been able to hit the long ball but has struggled to hit for average. Vicideo finished the 2014 season hitting .231/.281/.405 with 21 home runs and 58 RBI in 145 games. #Mariners have not made recent progress on a deal for #WhiteSox OF Dayan...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Seattle Mariners Hot Stove Keeps Cranking

Is Melky Cabrera The Latest M’s Addition? The buzz is reaching a fever pitch for Seattle Mariners fans during this offseason. The Mariner’s General Manager, Jack Zduriencik, has been on a spending spree that stretches back all the way to last year’s off-season when they signed Robinson Cano.  And it doesn’t look to be stopping anytime soon either. Jack Zduriencik says...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
12 days ago  |  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
13 days ago  |  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
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Links of the Day 12/7/14

Today has been weird. Anyways, here are some links, finally. Regular trades are fun, but three team deals are EXTRA fun.  The Mariners are advertising new slugger Nelson Cruz in a creative manner.  Curling isn’t just for the Olympics anymore. SCOREBOARD (Friday) NCAAB Minnesota 84. Western Carolina 64 – The Gophers looked pretty rough in the first half, but acted like the football...
Via The Rhino and Compass
14 days ago  |  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...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Three teams interested in Alex Rios

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, free-agent outfielder Alex Rios is drawing interest from the Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals. word is, mariners, royals and indians are among teams to check in on alex rios — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 5, 2014 The Mariners recently inked outfielder Nelson Cruz to a four-year, $57 million deal this past...
Via Baseball Essential
14 days ago  |  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
15 days ago  |  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
16 days ago  |  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
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Melky Cabrera Aims for 5-Year Deal

Melky Cabrera might be the next outfielder to find a home this offseason. The ‘Melk Man’ is reportedly looking for a guaranteed 5th year on his next contract, as reported by Ken Rosenthal: Melky wants 5 years, according to exec from club with interest. Sound crazy? Cruz, 34, and Markakis, 31, each got 4 years. Melky is 30. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 4, 2014...
Via Baseball Essential
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Winter Meetings Preview

On December 6th, 2013, the Mariners agreed to a $240 Million deal with 2nd baseman Robinson Cano, making him the higthest paid player on the team. Nearly one year later, the Mariners have officially announced the signing of slugger Nelson Cruz. The M’s are on their way to become postseason favorites, but the job is not yet done. With the recent trade of Michael Saunders, it is...
Via Baseball Essential
16 days ago  |  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
16 days ago  |  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
16 days ago  |  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
17 days ago  |  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
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Opening The Purse Strings – What Is The Price Of One More Win?

While the Seattle Mariners did not make the playoffs last season, there performance gave the team hope to fans long suffering without much. For the first time in many years, the Mariner games were relevant to the very last day. Each one of the 162 games had an impact. After it was all said and done, the team wound up just one game shy of the last wild card spot. One game. On the...
Via Oregon Sports News
17 days ago  |  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
18 days ago  |  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
18 days ago  |  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
18 days ago  |  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
18 days ago  |  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
18 days ago  |  Discuss

How will the O’s address the loss of Nelson Cruz?

When the Baltimore Orioles signed Nelson Cruz to a one-year, $8-million contract, they didn’t know what they were getting, and the question marks surrounding the 34-year old were the reasons for such a low contract. The Orioles cashed in on that frugal move, getting 40 homers and 108 RBIs out of Cruz, good for a WAR of 4.7 and seventh in the MVP voting. The only problem with that...
Via Baseball Essential
19 days ago  |  Discuss
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