On Thursday afternoon, we were told the Seattle Mariners put their contract talks with slugger Nelson Cruz ‘on hold’.
It was a bit odd considering Cruz and the Mariners have had mutual interest for quite some time. Granted, there were issues standing in the way of a deal but last week, multiple respected insiders suggested a deal between the two was imminent.
Soon after the talks between Seattle and Cruz were halted, rumors began to leak that the Mariners were looking for a starting pitcher and according to Ken Rosenthal, have ‘touched base’ with free agents Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez.
Could it be the Mariners just doing their due diligence? Or is there more to the report considering the Mariners have (at least right now) decided to keep their money in their pocket and opted not to give it to Cruz?
Both Santana and Jimenez have to be itching to get a deal done considering spring training has began for most clubs, including the Mariners.