Mariners Eye Nelson Cruz, Carlos Beltran; Seattle Must Make Great Pitch
The Seattle Mariners are probably sick of looking at the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics‘ rears. However, the Mariners aren’t the type of franchise to “wow” free agents like some other teams. Therefore, the Mariners need to get creative when it comes to signing any of this year’s top-notch free agents.
With one of the top pitching staffs in the entire American League, the Mariners should turn nearly all of their attention toward the everyday line-up. Surprisingly, Seattle was second in the league in home runs last year, yet placed 22nd in runs scored. Now, there are quite a few offensive difference makers still available as both Nelson Cruz and Carlos Beltran lurk as two of the more established middle-of-the-line-up bats on the open market. But let’s be honest: why in the world would any of these guys trek to Seattle?
The Mariners haven’t made the playoffs in over 12 years and their home ballpark — Safeco Field — is totally a pitcher-friendly park. Seattle has gotten most of its offensive talent via trade in the past as slugging designated hitter Kendrys Morales is just one example. Speaking of which, Morales is a free agent this year and declined his qualifying offer to test the waters and will likely leave Seattle in the dust after just one season.
Long story short; the Mariners must be players this offseason, but the question of whether or not a big-time power hitter wants to take their career to Seattle remains in play.