Nelson Cruz Set To Receive Offer From Mariners

Aug 4, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz (17) is congratulated by outfielder David Murphy (7) after hitting a home run against the Oakland Athletics in the second inning at O.Co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

What the heck are the Seattle Mariners thinking?

A report out by Ken Rosenthal yesterday indicated that the Mariners, under new President Kevin Mather, are still in on Nelson Cruz and Fernando Rodney.

Now, according to Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio via Twitter:

I know I speak for many Mariners fans when I say, “Why would we overpay for Cruz?” I guess the only reasonable response is if they don’t overpay for Cruz.

I would prefer we not sign him at all. We already have a bunch of outfielders/designated hitters. Why do we want Cruz?

The only logical conclusion I can come up with is: Sign Cruz, trade Nick Franklin, Dustin Ackley, Justin Smoak and a pitcher (possibly Paxton) for David Price.

I’m sure that’s not the case and I actually don’t want the Mariners to empty the cupboards for a two-year rental. But that’s the only conclusion I can think of that at least kind of makes sense.

We will have more on this developing story as it breaks.

Topics: Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners

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  • GD

    Dan…How would trading Ackley, Franklin and Paxton for Price be “emptying our farm system”?!!!

    I’ve been against signing Cruz all offseason, but the more I’ve been checking out his splits outside of Arlington with AL West teams I’m actually softening my stance on a Cruz signing. He slaughters the Angels and Houston, and one of his top stadiums for hitting HRs is in Oakland, LAA, and Houston.

    HRs aside his numbers are horrendous and ugly against the A’s, but LAA and Houston he’s deadly against them. Plus he has slaughtered Boston at home AND on the road, plus a number of many other contenders. His Post Season stats from 2010-2013 are amazing too.

    A Cruz signing will pretty much guarantee movement via trade for some of these other guys Ackley/Franklin/Smoak/Saunders, which we’ve been waiting for all offseason anyways.

  • Dan Hughes

    I’m okay with moving one or two, just not all three or more…not for Price. I misspoke – or better yet mistyped – when I said “empty our farm system” because obviously they are all already at the MLB level. I guess I feel as if trading away all of the depth on the roster for a 2-year loan of a SP is not a sound business move.

    Besides, the SP staff isn’t the team’s weakness right now. The offense is.

    Thanks for reading and keeping me honest and in check.

  • maqman

    Price would be a bad move IMO, as would signing Cruz. I’d prefer seeing what Ackley, Saunders and Smoak have to offer in spring training before off-loading them. Sounds like Saunders is doing well in the off-season. He flew the new hitting coach to Colorado to check out his swing and offer suggestions. He knows he has to produce this season and I think he may well just do that.

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