Aug 30, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz (17) takes batting practice before the game against the Minnesota Twins at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Mariners willing to give Nelson Cruz multiyear contract?

Many believe that free agent slugger Nelson Cruz will need to take a one-year ‘pillow’ contract to re-build his value.

That still may very well be the case, but according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, it’s possible the Seattle Mariners may be willing to give Cruz more than a one-year contract.

There’s a belief Seattle is amenable to a multiyear deal for Cruz, perhaps two years, with maybe an option or possibly even a guaranteed third year. There’s been a lot of speculation about Cruz and the Mariners throughout the offseason, but the suggestion now is that things have gotten a bit more serious within the past few days.

Heyman doesn’t go on to suggest what type of multiyear contract the Mariners would be willing to offer, so it’s possible it may be nothing more than a two-year deal with a team option on the third – though that’s nothing more than speculation at this point.

Regardless, it does appear talks have intensified in recent days and Cruz very well may end up a member of the Seattle Mariners.

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