On Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that the Mariners were being “cautiously optimistic about signing free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz.
On Saturday, Bob Dutton says it’s now all but certain.
Keep hearing from industry insiders that it's a matter of time before #Mariners reach deal with free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz.
— Bob Dutton (@TNT_Mariners) February 8, 2014
Cruz was originally seeking a $75 million four-year contract earlier this winter. It will probably end up being in the $60 million range for four-years. Perhaps a three-year deal for $48 million with incentives and/or a fourth year option.
As we reported earlier, a team like the Pittsburgh Pirates could be interested in Smoak. But at what return?
As Jason Churchill of The Fan 1090 AM points out:
@SodoMojoFS Not getting much for Smoak.
— Jason A. Churchill (@ProspectInsider) February 9, 2014
You are probably right Jason.