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.
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.