The Mariners confirmed their four-year deal with Nelson Cruz, prior to a Thursday morning news conference at Safeco Field. The $58 million package became official after he passed a routine physical examination he took prior to signing.
So it's official, huh? OK, Seattle, you got it. Cruz has spent his entire career calling a very hitter-friendly ballpark his home. Both Arlington and Camden Yards have always catered to the hitters, but now playing half his games at Safeco could affect his power numbers in an adverse fashion. Over the last three years, Cruz slashed just .194/.284/.361 with just two home runs and four RBI over 72 at-bats. Sure, the sample size is a little on the small side, but considering the power drop-off that Robinson Cano saw in his first season with the Mariners, you can't help but think that Cruz would struggle to reach the 40-homer plateau again.
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