Next season, pitchers may be sleepless when they travel to Seattle – sleepless with fear of what could be a dominant offense.
The Mariners and Nelson Cruz have agreed to a deal worth $57 million over four years according to Yancen Pujols of elCaribe, a Dominican outlet. The Mariners had shown interest in Cruz last offseason, but he scared off all large deals with his P.E.D. accusations. The Orioles signed him last year to a deal for one year worth $8 million.
Now that he has cleared a season without any new accusations, Seattle, who had one of the worst offenses in baseball last season with a team .676 OPS, will give their lineup a significant boost.
Cruz posted a .271/.333/.525 line last year while hitting an AL-high 40 home runs and boasting an OPS of .859. He fits in incredibly well in Seattle’s lineup, and will provide a huge power boost next to fellow all-star, Robinson Cano. Seattle will now boast a lineup including Kyle Seager, Dustin Ackley along with Cano and Cruz. Seattle also may be in pursuit of centerfielder Torii Hunter to really bolster their lineup.
Over his career, Cruz has hit .268/.328/.501 over ten seasons since being signed out of the Dominican Republic by the New York Mets in 1998.