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Nelson Cruz (LF,RF,DH)

Seattle Mariners

By Dave Morris Jr, Mariners Correspondent, Mon, Dec 1st 10:46am EST

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.

Nelson Cruz News & Advice

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MLB.com | Mar 6th, 12:49am
The Mariners have long been known for stellar starting pitching, but the offense could break out in 2015 with Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano anchoring their lineup.
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MLB.com | Mar 5th, 10:50pm
Nelson Cruz slugged a two-run homer and Robinson Cano went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored as the Mariners showed off the potential for their offense on Thursday against the Padres.
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ESPN | Mar 5th, 2:27pm
Now that Safeco Park is home, is Nelson Cruz a top-30 outfielder for 2015?