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Seattle Mariners Dodge Cruz Bullet

Morales hitting a spring training homerun. Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Morales hitting a spring training homerun. Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Mariners got some much-needed news on Saturday.  Nelson Cruz signed with the Baltimore Orioles.  I am still a bit torn on this, as I firmly believe the M’s need to add one more power bat to help protect Robinson Cano.

At first I was a believer in Cruz…you know, other than the Steroids suspension, the below average defense, playing in a band box stadium…That is all baggage the Seattle Mariners and Lloyd McClendon do not need.

The log jam at first base (Justin Smoak, Logan Morrison, Corey Hart) is pretty severe, however I now firmly believe Kendrys Morales is the answer.  He can spell Smoak at first, but will primarily be a DH.  He played well last year, will be available for a significant discount, and has shown flashes of brilliance that would be a perfect fit for the number 4 or 5 spot in the order.

Morales’ agent, Scott Boras, advised Morales against signing an extension, in a bid to procure free agent money and a multi-year contract.  It’s not very often Boras fails, but that is the case here.  Cruz signing a one year deal in Baltimore puts a serious damper on a multi-year for Morales.  Most teams are going to shy away from the qualifying offer attached to Morales, though some may wait until after the draft to consider the 30-year-old switch hitter.

I believe the M’s will sigh him to a one year deal before the draft.  The Mariners have stated they do not feel they have to make any additional moves, though any significant offensive help in the minors is probably at least a year away, so I am hoping they get this done soon.

Regardless, the first Spring Training game is this Thursday…I am ready.

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  • lee cousins

    I’m with ya on this one, a lot of people would like him in our lineup but has buyer beware written all over him so be careful what you wish for, you only have to look at the Josh Hamilton thing, we dodge a bullet their

  • mrich127

    i have to say i really disagree and was not happy with the mariners front office for not getting a deal done with Cruz. ruined my weekend. lol. They put up all this crazy money for cano and wont spend the money to protect him in the line up. what makes me more mad that theres a “buyer beware” on cruz(which is a lame way of making an excuse for not getting a deal done) but we will throw 5 mil at corey hart who missed all last year and has two bum knees. i thought cruz was a lock to be in seattle next year and they missed the mark. if they dont reel in kendrys im gonna be more upset

    • Reuven Bolnick

      In Cruz your talking about a player who has yet to prove he can hit outside of a hitters park. Even with the alterations last year to Safeco Field, it’s still a pitchers park. That mixed with his bad defensive skills in a spacious outfield would have spelled disaster if he signed with the M’s. I’m glad the Mariners stayed smart by not signing Cruz. Hart with two bum knees is still a better defensive option then Cruz. If the M’s decide to sign Morales, they’ll be getting a player who has proven he can hit in Safeco. However, the only way I see the M’s signing Morales is if they trade Smoak or LoMo first. Am I content with the offense as is: no. Am I upset that the M’s didn’t add any back up to Cano after signing Hart: no. This team is no better built to compete not just in their division but also in the clubhouse. I’ll always hold that competition brings the best out of players and hopefully the M’s will prove that this season.

      • mrich127

        i dont think hes the worst outfielder, but he was definatley the best hitter available. steroid thing made me nervous sure but i thought we were going for broke here. if we sign cruz hes instantly the second best hitter team. lomo and corey hart arent exactly gold glvoers. and milwaukee is probably more hitter friendly than texas and baltimore. by that logic corey hart wont be able to handle our beautiful spacious field. roll the dice on the better hitter! i just dont get why they are drawing the line in the sand with cruz. im over smoak, get rid of him. they better not botch this with morales