Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz, currently a free agent, is still without a home as spring training is getting closer. Since the Rangers have acquired a big bat in first baseman Prince Fielder, Cruz has become a luxury and not a priority. His 50-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs could also be deterring potential teams, weary of giving him a contract based on the numbers they’ve seen but him failing to produce while presumably playing clean.
Enter the Seattle Mariners, who reportedly have a strong interest in Cruz.
The Seattle Mariners suddenly are back in business, showing strong interest in free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz and closer Fernando Rodney, according to major-league sources.
Cruz, Rodney and new Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano were teammates last spring during the Dominican Republic’s march to the World Baseball Classic title. Cruz would be a formidable right-handed complement to Cano.
It’d be an interesting landing spot and in a familiar division where he’d play his former team.