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Batman Cruz unfazed by possible Safeco effect on his power

Batman Cruz unfazed by possible Safeco effect on his power

PEORIA, Ariz. — Nelson Cruz donned a Batman T-shirt Wednesday after completing his first official workout as a Mariner. This isn’t Fellini. The message is easily grasped. The Mariners are doling out $57 million to Cruz over the next four years because he can hit: He led the majors last season with 40 homers while playing at Baltimore and finished with a .525 slugging percentage. Point to note: Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager led the Mariners last season with a .454 slugging percentage. Current plans call for them to bracket Cruz in this year’s lineup. And while, yes, Oriole Park … ...
Mariners spring preview: Outfielders

Mariners spring preview: Outfielders

PEORIA, Ariz. — Free-agent signee Nelson Cruz started to make the transition last year, while playing in Baltimore, from outfielder to designated hitter. He also led the majors with 40 home runs. Look for that positional trend to escalate this season. The Mariners shelled out $57 million in a four-year deal to Cruz because they wanted — needed — an impact bat for the middle of their lineup. Not a suspect glove. Cruz’s outfield time will be limited, primarily, to those days when manager Lloyd McClendon wants to ease the workload on Robinson Cano or Kyle Seager by having them serve...
Seattle Times Feb 12, 2015

Mariners' 2015 spring training position preview: Kyle Seager's continued growth

Much like Wednesday's position preview on second base, the preview of third base might be just as easy to write. After signing a 7-year, $100 million contract extension this offseason, Seager is now locked in as the team's third baseman. Seager was never the big prospect or even considered to b

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