Beggars can’t be choosers, and that couldn’t be more true for current MLB free agent Nelson Cruz.
Despite nailing over 50 home runs over the last two seasons, Cruz remains unemployed and the countdown to Spring Training 2014 is getting shorter and shorter. Needless to say, Cruz is starting to feel the heat as the right fielder definitely expected to be on a team at this point in time.
Unfortunately, one of the few teams still showing public interest in Cruz are the Seattle Mariners. Now, the reason I say unfortunately is not because I’m a Mariners-hater, rather it’s due to the fact that Cruz’s career would simply die in the continent that is known as Safeco Field. Okay, that was a bit of an exaggeration, but the ballpark is surely more pitcher-friendly than even imaginable and that’s the last thing that a slugger like Cruz needs.
Look, it’s no mystery that Cruz makes his money on smashed the ball over the fence as his other numbers — especially defensively — leave a lot to be desired. Besides, Cruz isn’t the type of bat that can step right in Seattle’s offense and crush the competition. Instead of serving as a third or fourth offensive option like he was while a member of the Texas Rangers, the Mariners would surely ask Cruz to step in and be the go-to guy behind Robinson Cano.
In my mind, Cruz has little to nothing at all to gain from making the trip west and playing for the Mariners. With all of the hassle that he’s bound to run into with the Mariners, I would much rather see Cruz prolong his career with a one-year contract somewhere else in 2014.