Aug 4, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz (17) reacts after striking out against the Oakland Athletics in the seventh inning at O.Co Coliseum. The Rangers defeated the Athletics 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Mariners preparing contract offer for Nelson Cruz?

The Seattle Mariners have played around with the idea of singing outfielder/designated hitter Nelson Cruz for much of the offseason. However, due to his contractual demands, possible performance issues given his PED suspension and the fact he has a qualifying offer attached to him, they’ve yet to make him an official offer.

That could change in the near future though as Jim Bowden reports the Mariners could be preparing a contract offer for Cruz.

.@JimBowdenESPNxm: my sources are telling me that the #Mariners may make an offer to Nelson Cruz as early as today #InsidePitch#SXMSports

It should be noted, Bowden’s suggestion came on Thursday afternoon, so it’s possible the Mariners had second thoughts or they’re still working on a potential deal. Regardless, it appears the Mariners do have strong interest in the former Texas Rangers outfielder. It’s just the matter of price and having to forfeit a draft pick in the process.

Rumors earlier this week also suggested Cruz could take a one-year pillow contract with the Rangers to re-build his value.

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