How will Tomas signing impact Cruz?

Now that the D-backs have reportedly signed Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas, the market for Nelson Cruz could begin to take shape in the coming days.

With Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez and Tomas all inking deals within the past week, Cruz — and Melky Cabrera, to an extent — now sit atop a relatively thin free-agent class as the top available power-hitters. Cruz, keep in mind, declined a qualifying offer from the Orioles, meaning any team looking to sign him would need to surrender a draft pick, in order to do so.

Cruz remains a good fit for a Mariners team that is known to be in the market for a right-handed, power-hitting outfielder. Seattle had interest in Cruz last offseason, but concerns over his 50-game suspension the previous season for violating the Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program ultimately steered the Mariners away. He went on to hit a career-best — and Major League-leading — 40 home runs after signing a one-year, $8 million deal with the Orioles.

The Mariners have been tied to a number of big-name outfielders as potential trade targets and they were also believed to have had some interest in Victor Martinez, Hanley Ramirez, Michael Cuddyer, Billy Butler and Tomas — all of whom have already signed elsewhere. Though they’re kicking the tires on various trade possibilities, signing Cruz would allow them to fill their needs without giving away any of their young Major League talent or top prospects.

The Blue Jays could be another team that ramps up their pursuit of Cruz, though that will likely depend on what happens with Cabrera. If Cabrera signs elsewhere, then Cruz would make sense as a potential replacement, considering the draft pick that the Jays would lose by signing Cruz would be somewhat off-set by the pick gained from whoever inks Cabrera.

A return to the Orioles is also still an option for Cruz, though the O’s focus right now seems to be on wrapping up a deal with fellow outfielder Nick Markakis.

A number of other teams could enter the picture as the market continues to thin, but those seem to be the most likely landing spots, as of right now, for the defending home run champion.

— Paul Casella

5 Comments

TOO MUCH MONEY FOR AN UNKNOWN PLAYER..OF COURSE THE DBACKS AREN’T VERY SMART. KIND OF LIKE THE DODGERS, ALL THAT MONEY IN SALARIES AND THEY CRAPPED OUT LAST SEASON, AND WILL AGAIN IN 2015. I LOVE TO HATE THE MIGHTY DODGERS. I SPECIALLY LOVE TO HATE YASIEL PUKE, ANOTHER CUBAN IDIOT. HE WILL WIND UP IN TRIPLE A BALL FOR 2015, MAYBE DOUBLE A. TOO FUNNY, LAUGHING MY ASS OFF

agree with you 1000% Puig is a disgrace to us Cubans who came in the early years…..must of them are still commies…i don’t agree with any of these signings, at all……Firt you prove you are good , then you get pay..none of them have done that…..Abreu maybe and Ramirez…the rest are all extremely overrated…specially PuZ Pu,,,the arrogant from the LAD..CEspedes is another one who they said..” 40 homers and on and on…and the man can’t even steal a base…and barely hit 22 homers…and he is a “Star” MLB is using the word star wrong wrong wrong…if Cespedes is a star what is Trout, Cabrera and the real stars..

If an unknown comes and get 68Millions whiteout proving himself and even have one at bat,,,Cruz and Cabrera should get 100 Millions easy…specially Cruz, who still young and he has proven he can hit those 40 homers that everybody says every cuban player can..but only one got to 36…the rest can barely hit 20….some not even 18……..bottom line, if Tomas who;s numbers back in cuba’s AA picking were nothing impressive can get the $$$ he got…Cruz and Cabreram two proven good players should get a good good contract…..

Our Govertment is acting like fools..these assholes are commies, who hated us forever and now we are their ” Exile Brothers” when they killed our families and destroyed cuba…the real cuba….not this whore house they are now…filled with Flity people with no education and hate for the U.S……and now, this is my problem with this…….why now, what are they doing here now…after 50 years of Hate towards us and our great Country…why now….I will send them all back to Cuba..they aren’t even close to the cubans who came in the 50’s 60’s 70’s or even 80’s…this is Castro’s product at its best…..none want to talk politics, bcs none want to make a mistake…..personaly i think they still love their comandante Castro , their owner…the Assasin….nice sharing with you

Tegu kuidas, on romaaniga ja kannatusest sellest need põimitud
that is omavahel on, eriti kui armastajad orjuses ja ei ole oma elu peremehed.

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