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23 Nelson Cruz LF
Height/Weight: 6-2/230 | Birthdate: 7/1/1980 | Birthplace: Monte Cristi, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Seattle | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $10,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 100/98 | Average Draft Position: 154.67
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Mariners announce signing of Nelson Cruz to four-year deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) The Mariners officially announced Thursday they signed outfielder Nelson Cruz to a four-year contract through the 2018 season. While terms of the contract were not disclosed, Cruz will make $57 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. He received a $1 million signing bonus and will make $14 million in each of the next four seasons.

"Our number one goal this offseason was to improve our offense, ideally by adding right-handed power, and with the addition of Nelson Cruz we think we’ve accomplished that goal,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "He is an impact hitter that will bat in the middle of our lineup. Nelson has a track record as a middle of the order hitter on pennant contending clubs. He will be an asset on the field and in the clubhouse. Nelson’s presence in our clubhouse and as a teammate will continue to help our club advance to the next level. We see him as an ideal fit as we strive toward our goal of winning a World Championship."

Cruz is one of just seven players with 20 or more home runs in each of the past six seasons, joining Miguel Cabrera, Matt Holiday, Brian McCann, David Ortiz, Hunter Pence and Mark Reynolds.

"I am excited to join the Mariners," Cruz said. "Watching Seattle play from the other side of the field, I know how close this team is to the postseason, and I am hopeful that I can help to get us there."


Nelson Cruz agrees to four-year, $57 million deal with Mariners


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) Free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz has a deal in place with Mariners, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. He has agreed in principle on a four-year, $57 million contract.

The deal was first reported by Dominican newspaper El Caribe. ESPN reporter Enrique Rojas added Cruz will receive a $1 million signing bonus and will travel to Seattle to undergo a physical Wednesday.

The 34-year-old outfielder, who was suspended 50 games in 2013 for his connection to the Biogenesis scandal, hit a career-best 40 home runs in 159 games last season for the Orioles. The three-time All-Star also had hit .271 with a .525 slugging percentage, .859 OPS, 32 doubles and 108 RBI in his only season with Baltimore.

In 52 career games at Safeco Field, Cruz has a .234 average, .440 slugging percentage, .749 OPS, nine home runs, 11 doubles and 19 RBI.


Report: Kemp could be backup plan for Orioles, if they can't re-sign OFs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) The Orioles have talked to the Dodgers about a trade involving outfielder Matt Kemp, sources told FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal.

The Orioles are lining up alternatives if they can't re-sign outfielders Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz. The Kemp trade talk could be leverage for the Orioles to pressure Markakis and Cruz into re-signing, especially since the return of Markakis is no longer a forgone conclusion, according to Rosenthal.


Giants turn attention to Cruz, Scherzer after Sandoval departure


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) With the Red Sox officially signing Pablo Sandoval, the Giants have begun talks with a variety of free agents including pitcher Max Scherzer and outfielder Nelson Cruz, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Sandoval’s departure allows the Giants to focus their assets elsewhere and the Giants have also expressed interest in Nick Markakis, Torii Hunter and Chase Headley.


Report: Cruz, Kemp, Upton higher targets for M's than Ramirez


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) While the Mariners look to add a right-handed hitter to their lineup, it appears they are more interested in signing free agent Nelson Cruz or trading for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp than signing free agent Hanley Ramirez, according to FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. Braves outfielder Justin Upton also appears to be higher on the Mariners' wish list than Ramirez.

Orioles have offers out to Nick Markakis, Nelson Cruz


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) The Orioles have offers out to Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz, according to MLB Network Radio.

Manager Buck Showalter said the team has "good offers on the table to Nick and Nelson." The club met with both players this week, and are interested in having both players back. Both Markakis and Cruz have expressed a desire to remain with Baltimore. 


Report: Mariners considering Nelson Cruz


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) The Mariners are considering outfielder Nelson Cruz, according to FoxSports.com.

Cruz has ties with general manager Jack Zduriencik. Both men were part of the Brewers' franchise at the same time. The Mariners were rumored to have been interested in Cruz last offseason, but lost out to the Mariners. The 34-year-old Cruz hit .271/.333/.525, with 40 home runs, over 613 at-bats. 


Orioles have enough payroll flexibility to sign Cruz, Markakis


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Tuesday the team has enough payroll flexibility to sign outfielders Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis, according to the New York Daily News.

The team is already negotiating with Markakis, but will have its first meeting with Cruz's agent this week.


Nelson Cruz doesn't take Orioles' qualifying offer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) Outfielder Nelson Cruz turned down Monday the Orioles' one-year, $15.3 qualifying offer. If he signs with another team, the Orioles will receive draft-pick compensation.

OF Nelson Cruz expresses desire to stay with Orioles


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) Free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz, who led the major leagues with 40 home runs this season, said in a radio interview Wednesday that returning to the Orioles is his top priority.

Cruz added that he had contract discussions with Baltimore that he would not describe as serious.

"No doubt it's my first choice," Cruz said. "I'd love to be back. I understand the business. I know they're interested in bringing me back. Hopefully we can work something out. I love everything about the city. I love my teammates. I love the organization. The way they treat their players is amazing. It we can work something, I'd be more than happy to come back."

Cruz was given a one-year qualifying offer of $15.3 million and has until Monday to accept it, but appears set to decline in an attempt to land a multi-year deal.


Designated hitter Nelson Cruz seeks four-year deal


by Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer
(11/4/2014) Not wanting to settle for another one-year contract, DH Nelson Cruz is hoping to translate a stellar 2014 season into a multi-year deal, according to CBSSports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Cruz is reportedly seeking a four-year deal. He signed a one-year, $8 million contract last offseason with the Orioles, and then promptly put up career highs with 40 home runs and 108 RBI.


Orioles extend qualifying offer to designated hitter Nelson Cruz


(11/3/2014) The Orioles announced Monday DH Nelson Cruz has officially been offered a $15.3 million qualifying offer.

Cruz is coming off a monster 2014 season for the division-winning Orioles. In 159 games, Cruz batted .271 with 40 homeruns and 108 RBI.


Nelson Cruz reiterates desire to stay with Orioles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Impending free agent Nelson Cruz reiterated after Wednesday's ALCS elimination that he'd like to stay with the Orioles this offseason, masnsports.com reports.

Cruz said he loves the organization and team. However, he'll be looking to cash in on an excellent walk year after leading the majors with 40 home runs. He hit .271/.333/.525 with 108 RBI in 613 at-bats during the regular season.


Report: Orioles trying to get deal done with Nelson Cruz


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) The Orioles are pushing to get a deal done with outfielder Nelson Cruz, sources told FOX Sports.

Cruz's agents met with Orioles general manager Dan Duquette this week, sources told FOX Sports. Cruz recently changed agents from Wasserman Media Group to Relativity Sports.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported in late August the two sides expressed an interest in a contract extension.

Cruz, who signed a one-year deal in the offseason, clubbed a career-best 40 home runs in 2014. He also hit .271 with a .525 slugging percentage, .859 OPS, 32 doubles, 87 runs and a career-high 108 RBI in 159 games.

Cruz has stayed hot in the playoffs, batting .500 (6 for 12) with two home runs and five RBI during a three-game sweep of the Tigers in the ALDS.


Nelson Cruz drives in three Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz drove in three runs Thursday against the Tigers.

Cruz wasted no time getting to work, hitting a home run in his first at-bat. With a man on, Cruz blasted a 94 mph fastball from Max Scherzer out to right center for a two-run shot. Cruz would add a run-scoring single in the eighth inning. He finished 2 for 4, with two runs scored and three RBI. 


Nelson Cruz launches 40th home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz went 3 for 5 with a solo home run in his team's 5-4 win over the Yankees Tuesday.

Cruz knocked his major-league-leading 40th home run in the fifth inning to put his team up 5-1, and they were able to hang on for a win in the later innings. It's his first career 40-homer season. Cruz has hit .270/.334/.529 with 107 RBI in 596 at-bats.


Nelson Cruz slugs 36th home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 6-4 loss to the Twins Monday.

Cruz brought his team to with two runs with his ninth-inning home run, but the rest of the offense wasn't able to continue the rally. With blasts in back-to-back games, he's extended his lead in the AL home run race to three. Cruz owns a .254/.323/.513 line with 36 home runs and 90 RBI in 511 at-bats.


Nelson Cruz, Orioles open to long-term deal


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz has been a bargain this season while working on a one-year, $8 million deal, and CBSSports.com Baseball insider Jon Heyman reports Friday the arrangement could become a long-term one this offseason.

The Orioles and Cruz have not begun early negotiations on an extension, both sides have expressed a willingness to continue to relationship beyond this season. Cruz leads the league with 34 home runs, and is hitting .256/.324/.510 with 88 RBI in 130 games overall.  


Nelson Cruz homers again vs. Cubs, establishes new career-high


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz had just one hit Friday against the Cubs, but he made it count as he set a new career-high in home runs in a 4-1 loss.

Cruz clubbed a solo homer in the seventh inning for the team's only run of the game, while finishing the game 1 for 4 overall. It was his second game in a row with a home run, giving him 34 for the season.

Cruz leads the American League with his 34 home runs, while ranking fourth in RBI with 87 in 124 games. He is hitting .258/.326/.520 in 473 at-bats overall.  


Nelson Cruz reclaims home run lead


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz reclaimed the home run lead Wednesday against the White Sox.

Cruz went yard in the top of the fourth inning. With one man on base, Cruz belted a 93 mph fastball from Hector Noesi out to left for a two-run shot. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Nelson Cruz belts 32nd home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz belted his 32nd home run Monday against the White Sox.

Cruz struck in the sixth inning. He worked a five-pitch at-bat, homering on an 85 mph changeup. He also walked during the game, reaching twice. Cruz finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Nelson Cruz slugs homer No. 31


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz moved back into a tie for the major-league lead as he slugged his 31st home run of the season in an 11-3 win over the Yankees Monday.

Cruz drove in three runs, the first on a sacrifice fly, followed by two more with his seventh-inning homer.  He went 2 for 2 while adding a hit-by-pitch in the win.

Cruz now has 31 home runs and 83 RBI in 116 games, the first time he has topped 30 homers since 2009. He is hitting .263/.333/.522 in 441 at-bats. 


Nelson Cruz knocks 30th home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz went 2 for 5 with a two-run home run in his team's 10-3 win over the Cardinals Saturday.

Cruz has seen his home-run pace slow over the last month, with Saturday's blast just his second home run since July 7. Even so, he's one off the major-league lead with 30 home runs. Cruz has hit .259/.329/.511 with 79 RBI in 436 at-bats.


Nelson Cruz sits for first time since mid-April


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Mired in a 1-for-28 slump, Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz was held out of the starting lineup Sunday against the Mariners for the first time since April 13. It was just the second time all season he did not start.

Cruz's offensive woes, unfortunately, have extended more than just a week. Since totaling three consecutive multi-hit games from July 5-7, Cruz is batting .110 (8 for 73) with one home run and two RBI in his last 20 games.

"They're not getting him out. He's getting himself out mostly," manager Buck Showalter said, per MASNsports.com. "It's so tough. You get down 1-2, you just miss a pitch, you hook a ball foul you might normally have kept fair because you're a little quick with your front hip. Then all of a sudden, you battle and you lay off a slider down in the dirt. Now it's 2-2. You lay off another slider in the dirt and it's 3-2. And just can't quite finish off the at-bat.

"It's happened some with Adam (Jones) and all our guys. They're wanting to do what they're capable of doing so bad. You want to start swinging the bat better again. You want to be back up around .300 again. Let's face it, it's impossible to do it unless you get a hit, unless they change the rules and you get a hit for a walk."


American League reveals All-Star batting order


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) The American League unveiled the following batting order for Tuesday's All-Star game: Shortstop Derek Jeter, left fielder Mike Trout, second baseman Robinson Cano, first baseman Miguel Cabrera, right fielder Jose Bautista, designated hitter Nelson Cruz, center fielder Adam Jones, third baseman Josh Donaldson and catcher Salvador Perez.