That seems to jive with Nick Carfado’s recent report, suggesting that the Mariners interest in the slugger has not waned.
We reported last week about the Mariners’ interest in the former Rangers slugger, and that has not waned. The number of years is still the sticking point, but the Mariners believe they need another big righthanded bat to complete their team.
Teams have been reluctant to sign Cruz for a handful of reasons. The former Texas Rangers designated hitter/outfielder was of course suspended last season for performance enhancing drugs and has requested a hefty salary in free agency. That’s on top of the fact that he will cost the signing team draft pick compensation given the Rangers offered Cruz a one-year, $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer.
Carfado goes on to suggest Seattle could offer Cruz a two-year deal with an option (I would assume via the team) on the third year.