Former Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, who is 33, is reportedly close to a deal with the Seattle Mariners. Since he turned down the qualifying offer from the Texas Rangers, Seattle has been rumored to be interested in Cruz. Over the weekend, it appears a deal is getting closer.
Keep hearing from industry insiders that it’s a matter of time before #Mariners reach deal with free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz.
— Bob Dutton (@TNT_Mariners) February 8, 2014
Currently there isn’t any official word from either side that a deal has been made. But rumors are that there is a multi-year deal in the works either at 2 to 3 years with the possible option for another year.
No word yet on a dollar amount on the deal, but it is expect it will not be any where near the 4 years for $75 million he was seeking early in the offseason.
Nelson Cruz had a batting line of .266/.327/.506/.833, which is about what he’s done for his career average over 9 years. Last year he had 18 doubles and 27 home runs. Also, in case you missed it, he was out 50 games due to his suspension.
That’s three GMs who think the Mariners could sign Nelson Cruz(or Kendry Morales) and deal Justin Smoak to a team like the Pirates
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) February 7, 2014
Nothing is official yet, the Mariners are also linked to Kendry Morales. If Cruz and the Mariners get hung up on years or money, they could purse another option. But it is being reported they are all in this year, so it could suggest they are willing to over pay to get the team they feel will win. More to come one a deal is official.