The links between Nelson Cruz and Seattle won’t stop


July 22, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz (17) before hitting in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Again former Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz is the talk in Seattle.  With spring training under way, all pitchers and catchers have reported and some position players have started to arrive at camp.  The biggest name to arrive for the Mariners was Robinson Cano.  It didn’t take long for reporters to flock to Cano to get his take on being with the club and his thoughts on the season.

While meeting with reporters, he weighed in with his thoughts on Nelson Cruz.

"“I wish we had Nelson here,” Cano said, “but … we’ve got a front office, they know what they have to do … that’s out of my hands. I know Nelson. (He’s a) great guy, and we know what he can do with his bat and in the outfield.”  (Seattle PI – Stephen Cohen)"

Talks with Cruz have stalled, mainly because Seattle appears to be looking for pitching instead.   The last rumor that had any traction was Cruz signing with Seattle for 3 years with an option for a 4th year.  But it was speculated Seattle only wanted to do 2 years.

Now with talks stalled, will the lobbying Cano is doing work?  Probably not, if the guys in the front office want him, they’ll get him.  The main reason for Seattle signing him besides years and dollars, is the loss of a top draft pick.  And they need pitching to back up their new offense.

Cruz has been linked to the Baltimore Orioles and still to the Texas Rangers.

Where will Cruz end up?  Even though Seattle is focusing on pitching, I’m still guessing he’ll eventually sign with them.  If not them, going back to Texas is the best option for him.  The Rangers will get a cheaper Cruz for one year, and Cruz will be able to re-establish his value.