Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 2 days ago

Cruz hit his league-leading ninth home run of the season Friday against the Twins.

It was Cruz's third homer at home. The Mariners entered the season hoping for about 25 home runs from Cruz, taking anything more as gravy. At this rate, there's going to be a lot of gravy. He has more home runs than both the Twins and the Brewers.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 2 weeks ago

Cruz homered for a career-best fifth consecutive game Wednesday against the Dodgers.

No park is pitcher-friendly to Nelson Cruz right now. He homered for the fifth game in a row and now has six for the season.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 2 weeks ago

Cruz homered Tuesday for the fourth consecutive game to match his career high.

He has five homers this season, and all eight of his RBI have come on the long ball.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 2 weeks ago

Cruz homered twice Monday against the Dodgers for his fourth long ball in the last three games.

All of Cruz's homers have come on the road after he had one hit in 11 at-bats in the team's opening three-game homestand. He went to right field with both of his homers Monday. Cruz led the majors in interleague homers last season with nine.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 4 weeks 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 7 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.