Cruz signs with Mariners

The Baltimore Orioles lost their 2014 home run leader in Nelson Cruz as Cruz has agreed to terms with the Seattle Mariners.  Cruz agreed to a four-year $58 million deal pending a physical. 

Cruz stated that he wanted to stay with the Orioles and the Orioles offered him a deal.  Cruz decided to let the market play out.  The Mariners have a less hitters friendly ball park than Camden Yards so it is unlikely that the aging slugger will have a repeat 40 home run season. 

The Orioles got a great value for Cruz and will get back a draft pick for losing him in free agency.  Cruz signed with the Orioles in late spring for only $8.5 million and far exceeded his contract.

The Orioles will need to find a way to replace Cruz’s production. 

Brian Hradsky

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