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Mariners in rare position as favorites in AL West

SEATTLE (AP) Robinson Cano is one of the few on the Seattle Mariners roster who can speak with certainty about the playoffs. In his previous stop, Cano played in the postseason seven times and hoisted one World Series trophy. When Cano looks at the roster the Mariners have put together for the 2015 season, he sees familiar traits. ''On paper we look like world champions,'' Cano...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 AL East Preview: All about the Pitching

With another week in the books, we’ve reached the point of no return: our final division previews for the 2015 season. We head out east, focusing first on the American League. Baltimore Orioles 2014 Record: 96–66 No Nelson Cruz, no Nick Markakis, and perhaps no longer the same Chris Davis. The 2015 Orioles have lost a lot of production from last season. Will Chris Davis...
Via The Sports Post
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Seager, Cruz homer against Gallardo in Mariners' win

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Yovani Gallardo allowed three-run homers to Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 8-0 Sunday. Seager took off Saturday because of tightness in his side. he connected in the first. Cruz, a former Ranger who entered the game with two regular-season home runs off Gallardo in his career, hit a drive off the center field batter...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: Seattle Mariners Team Preview

View image | gettyimages.com OFFSEASON OVERVIEW Seattle was fairly active this offseason, acquiring one impact bat and several complementary pieces that could help the Mariners win the American League West for the first time since 2001. The major addition was Nelson Cruz, he of 40 home runs in Baltimore last year. Cruz will try to continue his six-year stretch with at least 22...
Via The Fantasy Fix
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Could Jesus Montero Be A Sleeper Contributor For The Seattle Mariners In 2015?

Much has been made of the Seattle Mariners offensive additions this offseason, ranging from the big free agent signing of Nelson Cruz to the trades for Seth Smith and Justin Ruggiano to the under the radar signing of Rickie Weeks. But every once in a while the potential surprise “addition” to a team comes in the form of a player an organization has all but written off. Is it...
Via Oregon Sports News
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Nelson Cruz homers in Mariners debut in 9-4 win over Padres

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer in his spring training debut with the Seattle Mariners, helping his new team to a 9-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday. Cruz, who finished with two hits, was the Mariners' highest-profile pickup in the offseason after being an All-Star with Baltimore last year. He curled a pitch from Ian Kennedy near the left-field...
Via AP on Fox
27 days ago  |  Discuss

No Guts, No Glory!  My 5 Bold Predictions For the 2015 Seattle Mariners

Who Breaks Out?  Where Will The M’s Finish? I think it’s safe to say that expectations have not been as high as they are right now for the Seattle Mariners in a very long time.   And why not?  The M’s, at least on paper, should be a very improved club, even after a solid 2014 campaign. It’s true.  The M’s are the sexy pick to win the AL West in 2015.  When is the...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
27 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Seattle Mariners

For two consecutive seasons, the Seattle Mariners have made splashy free agent signings to show that they are serious about making a run in the American League West. With the signing of Robinson Cano, they paid a huge price for the prime years of a player that could fall off at any point. With the signing of Nelson Cruz, they’re hoping that whatever Cruz has left in him can finally...
Via The Outside Corner
28 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Seattle Mariners

For two consecutive seasons, the Seattle Mariners have made splashy free agent signings to show that they are serious about making a run in the American League West. With the signing of Robinson Cano, they paid a huge price for the prime years of a player that could fall off at any point. With the signing of Nelson Cruz, they’re hoping that whatever Cruz has left in him can finally...
Via Bloguin Best
28 days ago  |  Discuss

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
February 25, 2015  |  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
February 25, 2015  |  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
February 21, 2015  |  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
February 19, 2015  |  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
February 18, 2015  |  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
February 11, 2015  |  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...
Via isportsweb.com
February 04, 2015  |  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...
Via isportsweb.com
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...
Via NESN.com
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
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