Today in Baseball: Mondays Continue to Impress

Baltimore Orioles v Minnesota Twins

So far this MLB offseason, nearly every big story has broken on a Monday. First there was Joe Maddon to the Cubs; then Michael Cuddyer to the Mets; then Russell Martin to the Jays, J-Hey to the Cardinals, and Giancarlo mega-extension; then the Red Sox inked Han-Ram and Pablo Sandoval. And this Monday has been no different.

Today’s headline move was Nelson Cruz heading to Seattle.

Last season, with the Orioles, he led the AL in home runs with 40. He only ended up in Baltimore due to a PED scandal in late 2013 that left a sour taste in the mouths of most teams. The O’s took a flier on Cruz, inking him to a one-year, $8 million deal (yes, that’s the virtually the same contract that Chris Young signed with the Mets).

After “Nellie’s” tremendous 2014 campaign, a large contract was a foregone conclusion. It had been reported recently that the two main contenders to sign Cruz were the Baltimore Orioles (the incumbents) and the Seattle Mariners (the newcomers).

Ultimately, today at around 11 AM Eastern Time, Cruz made his decision. He signed with the Seattle Mariners on a 4-year, $57 million contract. This deal was first reported by a Dominican news site, El Caribe, and later confirmed by baseball writer Jerry Crasnick.

Nelson Cruz is a tremendous offensive addition to the Mariners lineup. Regardless of whether Cruz replaces Stefan Romero at DH or Michael Saunders in RF, his tools, particularly his power hitting, will be invaluable. Cruz is projected to slot as the cleanup hitter behind Robinson Cano. A top-5 of Austin Jackson, Dustin Ackley, Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, and Kyle Seager is very good. Now, the M’s just need to focus on solidifying the rest of their team.

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