The Seattle Mariners have added much needed power to its lineup.
The Mariners and Nelson Cruz have agreed to terms on a 4-year deal worth $57 million, according to reports. The deal also includes a $1 million signing bonus.
#Mariners lineup just got way better with the Nelson Cruz signing at 4yrs and $57m putting him between Cano & Seager L/R/L will help all 3
— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) December 1, 2014
Seattle nearly signed Cruz last off-season, but ownership backed off at the last minute, according to Mariners insider Bob Dutton. The deal would have been for one-year and $7.5 million, with a $9 million team option for 2015.
The Mariners pulled the offer due to concerns about how Cruz would respond after being suspended 50 games for his involvement with Biogenesis. He ended up settling on a 1-year $8 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles.
Cruz, 34, made sure he would not experience that same fate again by smashing a league leading 40 home runs, all while helping the Orioles win its first division title since 1997. His 108 RBIs ranked 5th in all of baseball.
Cruz will join Robinson Cano, and Kyle Seager, who just signed a 7-year $100 million contract with the Mariners, in the middle of Seattle’s lineup.
Seattle finished just one game out of the final wild card spot in 2014, and General Manager Jack Zduriencik is hoping the addition of Cruz will catapult the Mariners to the postseason for the first time since 2001.