Sep 30, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz (17) signs autographs while fans hold up a sign before the American League wild-card tiebreaker game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers Ballpark at Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Nelson Cruz: Just A Matter Of Time


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.

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.

But wait sports fans, there is more. With Cruz, as well as newly-acquired Corey Hart and Logan Morrison, this could mark the end of Justin Smoak‘s time in Seattle.

As we reported earlier, a team like the Pittsburgh Pirates could be interested in Smoak. But at what return?

Andrew McCutchen, Gerrit Cole and Francisco Liriano are likely all untouchable. So who? Who would you like to see the Mariners get in return for Smoak?

As Jason Churchill of The Fan 1090 AM points out:

You are probably right Jason.

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  • Ben Dieter

    The Mariners are doing a lot to improve. The AL West is going to be a pretty tough division in 2014. Rangers, Angels and Mariners have all improved and the A’s are still pretty good. Should be a fun season!

  • tedsfrozenhead

    Sad to say but Smoakie has had enough time to put together a solid year and he hasn’t. I might rather see Morales back then play wait and see with JS.

  • Jeff

    I’m in the I’d rather have Kendrys and trade one of our other 1B/DH types like Smoak or the just acquired LoMo. But, if it is just a 2 year deal, then whatever apprehensions we’d have about Cruz, if the worst case comes, it means the team is only saddled with him for another year after this.

  • raffish

    4/60 or 3/48 is a soul crushing overpay. Where are you getting these numbers?

    • Sodo Mojo

      Simply speculation. Taking an average of the numbers I’ve heard. The Mariners actually only wanted a 2-year deal from what I’m now hearing, but Cruz is still holding for at least 3.

  • maqman

    “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.” Anything over 2/$20M is an overpay. Smoak is still the best defensive first baseman on the roster. Counting on prospects to fill 3/5th of you rotation is risky, remember the Maurer experiment last season?

    • Sodo Mojo

      I agree, but the M’s have a history of overpaying to draw talent to the city. The team only wants to offer 2 years but Cruz is holding onto at least 3. He may sign for 2 but the $ amount will probably be higher on average as a compromise.

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