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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