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The Mariners could do a multi-year deal for Nelson Cruz

Feb 4, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Mariners are “amenable” to a multi-year deal for free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz.

It has seemed like only a matter of time before these crazy kids get together. Unlike a lot of other teams, the Mariners would only have to give up a third-round pick to get Cruz. And they could use the power. It’ll be interesting to see how much less than the qualifying offer he receives on a per annum basis, but given his skill set — some pop, bad defense and not much else — just staying employed for multiple years may be preferable to a big salary. It’s just tough out there for a DH-type.

  1. shawnuel - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Yes, but if someone signs Kendrys Morales, I believe Seattle would have to give up their supplemental 1st rounder. If not, they forfeit 2 for cano and 3. Not having 2 of your first 3 draft picks is a pretty hard pill to swallow, I would think.

    • paperlions - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      That is correct. Teams give up their highest remaining pick, and supplemental/compensation picks are not protected. If they sign Cruz instead of re-signing Morales, it would have a similar effect in that they wouldn’t get the comp pick.

    • yournuts - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      It would be giving away for future for a shot at 3rd place now. A ridiculous move to sign Nelson Cruz, he can’t field and he can’t hit right handed pitching. Go for it M’s.

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  2. stex52 - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    He is not really worth north of 10 MM$ per year – and there is the nagging doubt about steroids and performance. And I have to say that two years sounds better than three.

  3. uyf1950 - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    It will be interesting to see if Cruz and his agent can squeeze an extra year or so out of the Mariners. My guess is 2 years $20 to $25MM total should be the maximum guaranteed. Considering the baggage he brings along with his, poor defense, gonna turn 34 in July and his prior PED suspension that should be about his limit. Lets also remember that he will be moving from the hitter friendly Rangers Park especially for RH’ed batters to Safeco not nearly as hitter friendly even with the change in dimensions.

  4. fordman84 - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    I just wonder if he kicks himself every day for not accepting the one year offer the Rangers tagged him with, giving him a year as full time DH to show he can hit without PED’s.

  5. ireportyoudecide - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    If it’s a 2 year deal for any amount it’s a good deal for Mariners fans, because if the Mariners don’t spend it on him they will just pocket the money like they did the last few years. So Nelson Cruz or owners profit margin, I say Nelson Cruz.

  6. kyleshabram - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    COULD the Mariners sign Cruz to a mutli yr deal? Surely.
    SHOULD the Mariners sign Cruz to a mutli yr deal? Almost definitely not.

    Then again, we could’ve said the same about Cano.

  7. tuberippin - Feb 4, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Better off re-signing Kendrys Morales and letting Cruz take a one-year make-good deal with the Rangers.

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