Greetings from an exit row and 30,000 feet off the ground. Any typos in this quick blog post are due to the lady in the middle seat who seems to believe that both arm rest and half of my seat belong to her. Position previews return tomorrow.
From what I’ve been told, there won’t be an announcement on the Fernando Rodney signing today. I’m guessing tomorrow. But people really want to know about other possible signings.
So the big news on Nelson Cruz and Ervin Santana is this — there isn’t much news.
When it comes to the Mariners, it seems that Cruz signing with the team is a foregone conclusion by many around baseball. At this point, it wouldn’t surprise me. And if that happens, it would be just a muddled mess. And general manager Jack Zduriencik will be very busy in the next week or two trying to trade one of his 1B/DH types. I will be stunned if the Mariners go more than three years on a contract for Cruz. I think, ideally, they’d want two years with a vesting or club option for the third year. But if Cruz is willing to accept the lower terms, it opens him up to other teams around baseball as well.
As for Ervin Santana, Ken Rosenthal tweeted that Santana is getting close to signing, but doesn’t list Seattle as a possible spot for him. The Mariners have interest, but I can’t get it confirmed as to what that level of interest is. I think he’d fit nicely in the rotation behind Felix Hernandez and Hishasi Iwakuma. Let’s not romanticize him into something he isn’t, he’s a pitcher with good stuff, makes his starts and gives you innings. But he can also implode quite easily in any game.
Here’s my preview story from Sunday’s paper
Jeff Sullivan checks in on USS Mariner with some thoughts on Cruz.