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Nelson Cruz blasts a home run

Sun, Mar 22nd 1:53am EDT
By Kyle Smith

Nelson Cruz had a solid day at the plate on Saturday against the Cubs. He went 1-1 with a home run, one RBI, and also walked once.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz was the marquee acquisition for a surging Seattle Mariners ball club. He will be sandwiched between Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager and be counted on to provide some much needed punch. He likely won't replicate the 40+ home runs he had in Baltimore in 2014 but he should still provide very good power for fantasy owners this year.

Category: Game Recaps

ESPN's Enrique Rojas is reporting that free agent OF/DH, Nelson Cruz and the Seattle Mariners have agreed in principal to a 4-year, $57 million dollar contract. According to the Dominican newspaper Rojas cites, Cruz is scheduled to leave for the United States shortly for a physical and to finalize the deal. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The change in ballpark could have some effect on the raw home run totals, but make no mistake about it, Cruz's power is elite and will play in any ballpark. A return to 40-home runs was unlikely regardless of his home ballpark, if for no other reason than the fact he's only had two seasons in which he's registered more than 475 at-bats. Presumably Cruz will hit 4th in the Mariners' lineup, between Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager, giving the slugger ample opportunity for runs and RBI. Cruz will continue to be a very reliable power source heading into the 2015 season.