Orioles Lose Home Run Machine Nelson Cruz to Seattle

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Nelson Cruz rounding the bases in March. Photo by Keith Allison.

Nelson Cruz’ stay in Baltimore proved to be a short one. 

According to USA Today, the 34-year-old slugger signed a deal with the Seattle Mariners on Monday, officially ending his time in Camden Yards’ home clubhouse.

Cruz was a major factor in the O’s 2014 AL East championship and playoff run. During the regular season, the Dominican Republic native led Major League Baseball with 40 home runs. He was a big reason the O’s lead the MLB in home runs as a team, and proved especially valuable as previous home run king Chris Davis struggled, then got suspended for using Adderall.

Cruz was only inked with the Orioles through the end of the 2014 season, but the O’s indicated they were going to attempt to bring him back. However, USA Today reports they were not willing to agree to a four-year contract with the Cruz. The Mariners offered him a four-year, $57 million deal.

And the offseason fun doesn’t end there. Nick Markakis is also a free agent because the Orioles declined an option to re-sign him. Unlike Cruz, there’s still hope that right fielder could return in 2015.



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