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Nelson Cruz | Designated Hitter | #23

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (37) / 7/1/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / UDFA / NYM
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Nelson Cruz has hired agent Bryce Dixon of Primo Sports Group as his new player representation.
Cruz was previously represented by Andy Katz with the Wasserman Media Group. The 37-year-old slugger is scheduled to become a free agent next winter and will probably face an uncertain market as an aging designated hitter, even as a guy who has averaged a .908 OPS, 42 home runs, and 106 RBI per year over the last four years. He put up a .924 OPS, 39 home runs, and 119 RBI in 155 games with the Mariners last season. Jan 9 - 6:23 PM

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Nelson Cruz won his second Silver Slugger for hitting 39 homers as the Mariners' DH last season.

The other AL winners were C Gary Sanchez, 1B Eric Hosmer, 2B Jose Altuve, 3B Jose Ramirez, SS Francisco Lindor, OF Aaron Judge, OF Justin Upton and OF George Springer. Springer over Mike Trout was a lousy call, given that the latter had 190 points of OPS on the former in just 26 fewer games. The other controversy was Hosmer over Jose Abreu at first base. Abreu had only a slight edge according to advanced numbers, but considering that Silver Slugger usually defaults to the RBI guys, it's surprising that Abreu's 102-94 win there didn't make him the choice.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 07:11:00 PM

Nelson Cruz went 0-for-3 on Sunday with a strikeout in a loss to the Angels.

Cruz ended the hear with 39 homers, which is good, but it's slightly disappointing as he finishes short of 40 homers for the first time in 2013. It was still an outstanding season for the designated hitter, and despite the fact he'll turn 38 next year, he's still an offensive force who can help you in every category but stolen bases.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 06:11:00 PM

Nelson Cruz delivered a solo shot Friday, giving him six homers in nine games.

Cruz is now just one homer away from reaching 40 for the fourth straight season. That's pretty amazing, considering that he had 14 after three months.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 02:06:00 AM

Nelson Cruz crushed his 38th homer of the season in a loss to the Athletics on Wednesday.

The homer came in the fourth inning with one on and one out, and tied the game at two. Cruz has had over 40 homers in three straight seasons, and despite having a stretch of a month where he didn't hit a single homer, he's just two away from making it four straight.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 06:53:00 PM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 and cracked a solo home run during a loss to the Indians on Saturday.

He went yard off reliever Nick Goody in the eighth inning of the lopsided contest. Cruz is one of the oldest players in the league and remains one of the very best hitters. He now has 37 home runs and will need to go on a bit of a flurry over the final week if he wants to hit 40 for the fourth consecutive year. He has a .289 batting average with 115 RBI and 87 runs scored in 148 games.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 08:32:00 PM

Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer off Cody Allen in the bottom of the ninth to give the Mariners a 3-1 win over the Indians on Friday.

It snapped Seattle's six-game losing streak. Cruz has homered in three straight, and now it looks like he just might get to 40 for the fourth straight season; he's at 36 with eight games left to play.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 01:33:00 AM

Nelson Cruz crushed his 35th home run of the season on Thursday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Mariners past the Rangers.

His solo shot off of Cole Hamels got the M's on the board in the seventh inning and would account for their only offense in the ballgame. Cruz finished the night 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now slashing .286/.375/.539 with 35 bombs and 112 RBI on the year.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 01:05:00 AM

Nelson Cruz hit his 34th homer and walked twice Wednesday against the Rangers.

Cruz needs to catch fire in order to reach 40 homers for the fourth straight year -- he has 10 games to hit six -- but he has established a new career high with 112 RBI this year, topping his 2014 total of 108. His .375 OBP would also go down as a career high.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 01:47:00 AM

Nelson Cruz went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a homer, two RBI and four runs scored as the Mariners thumped the Rangers 10-4 on Thursday.

Cruz was an unstoppable force in the middle of the M's lineup, doubling in the second, reaching base by HBP in the third, doubling again in the fifth, chipping in an RBI single in the sixth and homering in the seventh before manager Scott Servais decided Cruz had done enough for one day. The homer was his 33rd of the season, giving him an American League-best 109 RBI and 82 runs scored on the year. The 37-year-old is slashing .289/.375/.541 with a few weeks remaining in the regular season.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 02:30:00 AM

Nelson Cruz is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Braves.

This was expected, as the Mariners had no plans to play Cruz in the field entering this series in Atlanta and he has not done so in either of the first two games against the Braves this week. He will be available to pinch-hit on Wednesday.
Wed, Aug 23, 2017 04:16:00 PM

Nelson Cruz is not in the Mariners' lineup Monday.

Cruz is expected to be limited to pinch-hitting duty for the club's three games in Atlanta, as the M's don't want to play him in the outfield. It's obviously a bummer for his fantasy owners this week.
Mon, Aug 21, 2017 04:30:00 PM

Mariners manager Scott Servais said Sunday that it's doubtful he'll start Nelson Cruz in right field for any of the club's three games in Atlanta this week.

Cruz has been lobbying to play, but it appears that he'll be limited to pinch-hitting duty for a few days. The slugger has played only four games in the outfield this season.
Sun, Aug 20, 2017 11:43:00 AM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a two-run dinger and two runs scored in a victory over the Rays on Saturday.

His blast off starter Jake Odorizzi in the fourth inning seemed like overkill at the time but was ultimately needed as the Rays mounted a late-inning comeback. The ageless wonder Cruz now has a .295 batting average with 31 home runs and an even 100 RBI. Only Nolan Arenado has driven in more runs this year.
Sat, Aug 19, 2017 10:27:00 PM

Nelson Cruz went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored during a 7-1 thumping of the Rays on Friday.

He smacked an RBI double in the first inning, doubled and scored in the fifth and drilled a solo homer in the final frame. For the season he has a .293 batting average with 30 home runs and is second in the majors with 98 RBI. The 37-year-old slugger is on pace to smash his career high of 108 RBI set in 2014 with the Orioles.
Fri, Aug 18, 2017 11:01:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Mike Marjama
3David Freitas
1B1Ryon Healy
2Daniel Vogelbach
3Matt Hague
2B1Robinson Cano
2Gordon Beckham
3Rey Navarro
SS1Jean Segura
2Taylor Motter
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Ben Gamel
2Guillermo Heredia
3John Andreoli
CF1Dee Gordon
2Andrew Romine
3Kirk Nieuwenhuis
RF1Mitch Haniger
2Cameron Perkins
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2James Paxton
3Mike Leake
4Ariel Miranda
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Marco Gonzales
7Andrew Moore
8Hisashi Iwakuma
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Edwin Diaz
2Juan Nicasio
3David Phelps
4Nick Vincent
5Marc Rzepczynski
6Tony Zych
7James Pazos
8Shawn Armstrong
9Mike Morin
10Dan Altavilla
11Nick Rumbelow
12Sam Moll
13Chasen Bradford
14Casey Lawrence