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23 Nelson Cruz RF
Height/Weight: 6-2/230 | Birthdate: 7/1/1980 | Birthplace: Monte Cristi, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Seattle | College: No College | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $10,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 100/100 | Average Draft Position: 75.70
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Seth Smith leading off for Mariners on Wednesday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) The Mariners are going with Seth Smith at leadoff for Wednesday night's game against the Astros. 

Smith will serve as Seattle's designated hitter for this game with Nelson Cruz playing right field. Dustin Ackley, who hit leadoff on Tuesday, is playing in left field and is batting seventh. First baseman Logan Morrison is hitting sixth. 


Mariners OF Nelson Cruz collects two hits Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz continued his hot start when he drove in two runs during Monday's 7-5 loss to the Astros.

Cruz was 2 of 5 during the game, including a double in the fifth inning, which drove in Robinson Cano. He also struck out once. Cruz is not batting .358 on the season.


Mariners' Nelson Cruz rips two homers, walk-off single in win Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz went 3 for 6 at the plate Sunday with two home runs and the game-winning walk off single in the ninth to lead Seattle to an 11-10 win over the Rangers.

Cruz got things going early with a solo homer in the first over the left center field wall on a 1-0 pitch from Ross Detwiler. Cruz then homered again in the third, again off Detwiler, over the left field wall for a three-run shot, his eighth of the season.

Cruz then came up in the ninth with the game tied at 10 and the bases loaded after Texas intentionally walked Robinson Cano. Cruz ripped a 2-2 pitch to left field, bringing home the winning run.

"It was a great win," Cruz said to MLB.com. "I think we need this one. [I was looking for] something that I can put in play. I strike out three times with runners on … When it mattered the most, I get the hit."

Cruz is now hitting .354 with 14 RBI in 48 at-bats this season.


Mariners OF Nelson Cruz goes for six straight games with HR


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz will seek to hit a home run in a sixth straight game Friday against the Rangers. Given his history against Rangers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo, it's a strong possibility the streak might continue.

Cruz is 2 for 2 in his career against Gallardo, with both of his hits being home runs. Cruz has also drawn a walk off the right-hander.

Cruz has already homered six times during his career-best home run streak. His previous best was four straight games, which he accomplished during the 2011 season. 


Mariners' Nelson Cruz slugs sixth home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz went 2 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 5-2 loss to the Dodgers Wednesday.

Cruz knocked his MLB-leading sixth home run in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game, but the Mariners weren't able to muster up enough offense to keep up with the Dodgers after giving up three runs in the bottom of the first inning. The right fielder has now hit at least one home run in five straight games. Cruz has hit .294 while collecting nine RBI in nine games.


Mariners RF Nelson Cruz extends HR streak to four games


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz homered for the fourth straight game to match the longest streak of his career. Cruz took David Huff deep in the opening frame for a solo home run over the left-field wall at Dodger Stadium. He homered twice off Brandon McCarthy the previous night and has five homers in four games. He has six hits over his last 16 at-bats over that span.

Cruz finished 1 for 3 with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI in a 6-5 victory. He is hitting .258/.324/.742 on the year


Mariners OF Nelson Cruz blasts two home runs Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Mariners DH Nelson Cruz hit two home runs Monday, but it was not enough as the Mariners fell, 6-5, to the Dodgers in extra innings.

The two home runs were the third and fourth of the season for Cruz. He finished the game 2 for 4 with three RBI.

Cruz, who has homered in three straight games, has gone 6 for 13 after opening the season mired in a 1-for-15 slump.

"He's finding his groove," Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said after Monday's game, per MLB.com. "He's swinging at strikes, he's getting pitches to drive and he's taking care of them. I think early on he was probably trying to do a little too much, but he's settled in and he's comfortable now."


Mariners' Nelson Cruz rips game-winning home run Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz went 1 for 4 in Seattle's 8-7 win over the Athletics in 10 innings Sunday.

Cruz was quiet throughout the game at the plate, going 0 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout, before stepping in the box in the 10th. Cruz crushed a 2-0 pitch from Tyler Clippard to left field to give Seattle the 8-7 lead with a solo home run, his second of the year. 

"I didn't think it was going to be out because I hit it at the end of the bat," Cruz said to The News Tribune.

Cruz is now hitting .208 in 24 at-bats to begin the year.


Nelson Cruz hits three-run homer to lead Mariners' comeback


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Nelson Cruz hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to wipe out a 2-1 A's lead in the Mariners' 5-4 extra-inning victory. 

The homer capped a three-for-five day for Cruz. He hit a 1-1 pitch off of reliever Dan Otero with two outs in the eighth. 

''It's always important. I need to hit. The whole lineup needs to contribute,'' Cruz said. ''We needed this win, most importantly. The whole lineup contributed, getting hits and scratching out runs. We got a W. That's what we needed.''


Mariners' McClendon: Cruz to see plenty of time in right field


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has used Nelson Cruz in right field three times in the first five games, and he is expected to see plenty of playing time at the position this season, MLB.com reports.

"Really, right field is his position," McClendon said. "He played right field quite a bit in Texas and DH’d in Baltimore because of their outfield situation. I don’t have any second thoughts or trepidations about putting him in the outfield at all. I just need to be smart about when I put him out there and make sure he stays healthy throughout the year. I’ll use the DH spot to do that."

McClendon said early in March that Cruz would play right field "on occasion, because it’s nice to be able to rotate him out of that DH spot and give somebody else a day off and get him back on his feet." However, it appears Cruz is ticketed for a larger outfield role than expected.

"But to say he’s our full-time DH, I never said that and never committed to that,” McClendon said Saturday. "And he’s not. I like the idea of being able to rotate that DH spot to give guys a day off and when somebody is nicked up like (Seth) Smith. Cruz will play his share of outfield."

Cruz is just 1 for 15 in his first four games.


Rickie Weeks and Nelson Cruz prevent Mariners from being no hit


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) The Mariners were shut down in a 2-0 loss to the Angels on Tuesday. The only two Mariner hits on the day were courtesy of DH Rickie Weeks and right fielder Nelson Cruz

Cruz singled to center to start the second inning, and Weeks added a third inning single to left. Angels pitchers then retired the final 20 batters of the game. 

Weeks went one for four and is hitting .250 on the young season. Cruz went one for three, lifting his average to .143.


Mariners DH Nelson Cruz to see time in right field 'on occasion'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz will see time in right field "on occasion" in order to let the team stream players through the designated-hiter slot, MLB.com reports.

"He’ll play out there in the season on occasion, because it’s nice to be able to rotate him out of that DH spot and give somebody else a day off and get him back on his feet," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "How much he’ll play in the spring, I’m not sure. But it would be safe to say he’ll play his share of games during the season in right field."

Cruz will primarly serve as a designated hitter by the Mariners but has played 744 games in right field in his career and 833 games in the outfield overall. While he's not on defense, the team is expected to use Seth Smith against most righties and Justin Ruggiano against most southpaws.


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.