You’re a team on the rise who just missed the playoffs. Yet last season you ranked 11th out of 15 AL teams in runs and dead last in OPS. Not only that, but you are a team full of left-handed hitters without a true run producer. What do you do?
Well, the Seattle Mariners decided not to sit around and wait by choosing to sign slugger Nelson Cruz to a four-year, $57 million deal.
The 34-year old Cruz was the only player in baseball last year to hit 40 home runs and drive in 100 runs. By adding Cruz, the Mariners will slide him into a lineup with (one hundred million dollar man) Kyle Seager and Robinson Cano. Cruz gives the Mariners the big bat that has eluded them for the past few years. The addition of Cruz also provides Cano with some much needed protection within the lineup.
With Cruz, the Mariners’ front office is once again showing they are truly committed to keeping winning baseball in Seattle. Last years 87-75 record was a great foundation for the Mariners, but they are desiring for more. This is a team that will continue to surprise many in 2015 as their offense finally looks ready to take the next step.
Nelson Cruz isn’t a cornerstone player these days, but he will thrive in his role with Seattle. Brilliant move by the Mariners and great choice for Cruz. It couldn’t have been easy leaving the Orioles after such an impressive season, but the Mariners have the chance to do something just as special next season.
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