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Sep 30, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz (17) watches batting practice before the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Rangers Ballpark at Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Robinson Cano wants Nelson Cruz with Mariners

Long considered the favorites to be free agent slugger Nelson Cruz’ new home, the Seattle Mariners have another voice pitching the club to him.

New Mariner Robinson Cano, a very closer friend of Cruz’, told Shannon Drayer of ESPN Seattle that he’d love to see a reunion of the Dominican Republic superstars.

Sometime around two weeks ago, it had been rumored that a 3-year deal with a fourth year option was all but done between Seattle and Cruz. Then Hisashi Iwakuma strained a tendon in his finger and Taijuan Walker became delayed in Spring Training, and suddenly the Mariners pulled away from a deal with the 34-year old slugging outfielder.

Cruz, who earned a trip to his second All-Star game last season, would have played healthy through his second consecutive season had he not been given a 50-game suspension in connection with the Biogenesis clinic. Before his suspension, Cruz was hitting .266/.327/.506 with 27 homers and 76 RBI in 109 games with the Rangers.

The Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers have also been linked to Cruz, but a deal with any team does not seem imminent now.

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