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The Mariners are “cautiously optimistic” they will also sign Nelson Cruz

Feb 6, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT

The Mariners have reportedly agreed to a two-year, $14 million contract with reliever Fernando Rodney, but it sounds like their eventful winter isn’t over yet:

We have heard the Mariners connected to Cruz for most of the offseason, so this isn’t a big surprise. A match has almost seemed inevitable at times. While the Mariners could certainly use his right-handed power bat for the middle of their lineup, his market has been slow to develop this winter for a number of reasons. In addition to him being attached to draft pick compensation, there are concerns about his age, defense, and injury history, as well as how he’ll perform following his PED suspension.

The Mariners have already added Robinson Cano, Corey Hart, and Logan Morrison this offseason. Bringing in Rodney and Cruz wouldn’t guarantee them anything, but it would sure make them more interesting. And heck, after giving a barrel of money to Cano, they might as well go for it.

  1. markofapro - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    “All in” still can’t beat A’s pitching or Rangers talent.

    • nikedunks13 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:05 AM

      lol the A’s pitching?

  2. pyleketerson - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Given who’s left on the free agent market they should sign him. The M’s can only look at themselves for doing so little after signing Cano. Hart and Morrison can only make so much (or so little depending on how you look at it) impact as newcomers to the organization.

  3. happytwinsfan - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    ah the mariners. i don’t know if they know what they’re doing, but it’s nice to see them taking a shot.

    imagine what could have been if they’d spent like this in the nineties. they might have had a team with griffey junior, arod, edgar martinez, randy johnson and whoever it is i’m forgetting all on the same team. it would have been as great a dynasty as that of any yankee era.

    • Reflex - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Um, they did have all those guys in the 90’s and at the same time…And it was a great team that made the playoffs repeatedly. Their last truly great year was 2001, and then it was a long slow slide as a bad GM tore the team apart and squandered their talent. Money was never an issue, they spent even when they sucked.

      • happytwinsfan - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        i can’t agree or disagree with you because i don’t know enough about it. i’m still captivated by the way junior used to play centerfield. like i used to try and persuade my son, michael jordan is the ken griffey junior of basketball.

      • Reflex - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:04 AM

        The four you mentioned, plus Jay Buhner who I assume was the fifth, played as a unit from 1995 through 1998, and captured two division titles and came in second a third time. They continued to do well even as those players wandered off up through 2003, but the drop off from 2003 to 2004 was enormous and they have not recovered since.

      • cohnjusack - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:36 AM

        Don’t forget, the 2001 team with was without Griffey, A-Rod and Johnson.

        Imagine if they had re-signed A-Rod and hung on to Johnson!(they got Mike Cameron in the Griffey who outperformed the injury-plagued Griffey pretty handily, so no loss there).

      • Reflex - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:44 AM

        Based on bWAR they would have netted about 8-9 more victories. Which would have been incredible since they tied the record for most victories in a season that year. In my opinion though the biggest difference would have been having a big game pitcher in the playoffs, I think they would have been in the world series or even favorites had they had Johnson in the rotation.

  4. elvin2014 - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Seattle Mariners will ROCK in 2014….

  5. elvin2014 - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    I will try to watch every Seattle Mariners game this year (on MLB.TV)….

  6. elvin2014 - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Neson Cruz is a great power hitter….

  7. simon94022 - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Nelson Cruz will bring his poor defense and PED-inflated hitting stats from an extreme hitter’s park in Texas to a pitcher’s park in Seattle. All the Mariners have to do is commit to an enormous longterm contract. What could possibly go wrong?

  8. nymets4ever - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Anyone who thinks Cruz is a bigtime difference-maker..hahah

    • jcmeyer10 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Good sir, I would try to laugh at other people a little less given the team you root for.

      • zzalapski - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    • unclemosesgreen - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:37 AM


  9. unclemosesgreen - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Cruz and the Mariners are the last two people who aren’t on the dance floor. They don’t particularly like each other but they’re starting to feel like they’re going to have to suck it up and just dance with each other already. It’s not going to thrill either of them especially, but at least they’ll be dancing.

  10. uyf1950 - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Why wouldn’t the Mariners be “cautiously optimistic”? It’s not like other teams have been beating down of the soon to be 34 year old recently suspended for PED use with suspect defense Cruz’s door to sign him. As if those other issues aren’t enough lets not forget that pesky little thing called a QO that he declined that probably has caused some team(s) to stay away from him.

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