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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 … ...

Nelson Cruz takes aim at postseason as Seattle Mariners begin full spring training

Nelson Cruz joined the Seattle Mariners this offseason because he wants to win, and he got a step closer to that goal Wednesday as the team’s position players joined the pitchers and catchers for spring training workouts in Peoria, Arizona. Cruz, the M’s new slugger, walked out to the fields Wednesday with Felix Hernandez and […]
Northwest Sports Beat Feb 25, 2015

Which Seattle Mariners Breakout With Big Seasons In 2015?

NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners writer Brian Scott gives us a look at which M's will breakout in the 2015 season. I always look for guys coming into a contract year to have a big year. There is just something about playing for a big, new contract that tends to motivate players in those situations. Nelson Cruz and his 40 homers last year are a perfect example of just that very thing.
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...

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