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Just as I was beginning to work this up, I got an email saying Nelson Cruz had been named the American League Player of the Week, which provides for a very convenient introductory sentence. Over
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On Monday, one of the more anticipated transactions of the past two off-seasons finally came to pass: Nelson Cruz finally signed with the Mariners. Seattle's interest in him dates back to at least
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, the Giants and Padres more or less made the same offer. Sandoval didn't necessarily go to the high bidder. Nelson Cruz? Nelson Cruz went to the high bidder.
That high bidder being the Seattle Mariners
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. And teams are certainly paying for right-handed power this winter.
This morning, the Mariners reportedly agreed to sign Nelson Cruz to a four year, $57 million contract. Like Tomas, Cruz
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The Mariners have made no secret out of their desire to trade for a right-handed slugger, so perhaps this report from the Dominican newspaper El Caribe should not surprise us too much:
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Last Friday night, Nelson Cruz faced off against Felix Hernandez, and in the second inning this happened to a baseball:
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possess the skills to thrive at the highest level of competition.
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