Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 1 day ago

Cruz will play in the field about twice a week this season, the Seattle Times reports.

Cruz will usually DH, but manager Lloyd McClendon said he will play left field from time to time to give players time off. Cruz has three home runs this spring, hitting .318. How he adjusts to Safeco Field is one of the big questions for the franchise this season. If he hits 25 homers, rather than the 40 he hit last year for Baltimore, the Mariners will be more than happy.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 4 months ago

Cruz has agreed to a multi-year deal with the Mariners, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick has confirmed. According to El Caribe in the Dominican Republic, the deal is worth $57 million over four years.

The Mariners were looking for a right-handed power bat, and appear to have found their top target in Cruz. As a result of signing Cruz, the Mariners will forfeit the 19th overall pick in the first-year player draft. After hitting a career-high 40 home runs for the Orioles in 2014, it will be interesting to see if Cruz can maintain a similar level of production while playing half of his games in a home park that has been historically challenging for right-handed power bats.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 5 months ago

Cruz declined the Orioles' $15.3 million qualifying offer Monday, Brittany Ghiroli of the Orioles' official site reports.

Cruz had a monstrous 2015 season with the Orioles that he finished with a .271/.333/.525 batting line with 40 home runs and 108 RBI. It's no surprise that he declined his option, as he will likely find himself a large contract with multiple years in the offseason. He could still re-sign with the Orioles, but the club will receive a compensatory draft pick if the 33-year-old signs elsewhere.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 5 months ago

The Orioles extended Cruz a qualifying offer of $15.3 million Monday, an offer he seems certain to refuse, MASN Sports reports.

The move was a formality so that the Orioles can receive a compensatory draft pick in 2015 if Cruz signs with another team. The 2014 MLB home run leader is expected to seek a four or five year deal on the free agent market.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 6 months ago

Cruz hit a two-run homer Sunday as the Orioles beat the Tigers, 2-1, to sweep the ALDS and advance to the AL Championship Series.

It was Cruz's second home run in the series and 16th in postseason play, including eight against the Tigers.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 6 months ago

Cruz homered and drove in three runs Thursday as the Orioles won Game 1 of the ALDS against the Tigers.

Cruz hit a two-run homer in the first inning and then singled in a run to spark an eight-run eighth inning. His home run was his 15th career postseason homer, tying Babe Ruth for 10th most all time.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 6 months ago

Cruz is out of the lineup Friday against the Blue Jays, Roch Kubatko of reports.

A loss to the Yankees on Thursday took the Orioles out of contention for the top record in the AL, so manager Buck Showalter will go ahead and give many of his regulars another rest day Friday. Cruz turned in a four-hit effort Wednesday, his second of the month, and is now sitting with a .273/.336/.527 batting line and 40 homers for the season.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 6 months ago

Cruz went 3-for-5 and swatted his 40th home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Yankees.

Cruz went from signing a contract late in February to likely finishing the week as MLB's home run leader while going north of 100 RBI as well. There was fear that his PED use might reflect in his 2014 numbers, but Cruz actually improved after leaving the Rangers. It will probably take multiple years and much more than $8 million to sign Cruz this off-season.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 7 months ago

Cruz had a massive game Sunday against the Rays, going 4-for-5 with two homers while driving in all seven of the Orioles' runs in the team's 11-inning victory.

The pair of home runs boost Cruz's league-leading total to 39, with his two-run shot in the top of the 11th proving to be the difference maker. Though Cruz's batting average has been on a steady decline from its peak mark of .319 in early June, his ability to stay healthy this season has allowed him to churn out the best power numbers of his career in his age-34 campaign. With Chris Davis noticing close to a 300-point downgrade in his OPS this season, the February signing of Cruz has looked like an especially shrewd move by the Orioles.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 7 months ago

Cruz made his one hit count Monday, cracking a home run off of Glen Perkins in the Orioles' loss to the Twins.

Cruz's home run was his 36th of the year�three more than Chris Carter and Jose Abreu in the AL and two better than Giancarlo Stanton in the NL. The veteran's batting average has been slipping for the past few months, but the power and RBI numbers should remain strong through the end of the season.