With V – Mart’s 4 YR Deal For $68 MIL, The Market Threshold Is Set For Nelson Cruz
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Yesterday Victor Martinez finalized re-signing with the Detroit Tigers for 4 YRs/$68 MIL. This both was a great deal for the “Motown Boys” and also set a likely threshold for Free Agent DH slugger Nelson Cruz.
The Orioles DH/OF must not be happy with the amount of cash that V-Mart signed with, because there is no way he should reach that stratosphere.
Victor Martinez (35): .335/.409/.565, with 32 HRs 103 RBI and only 42 SO in 561 AB.
Nelson Cruz (34): .271/.333/.525, with 40 HRs 108 RBI and 140 SO in 613 AB.
This shows that Martinez holds and OPS for his lifetime of .847 to Cruz featuring a clip .829. Even with the former Ranger being a 1 year younger, this should not dictate any advantage to bargain for more cash.
The Orioles were smart to only have offered Cruz a 3 YR deal before he hit Free Agency.
Baltimore should still be interested in re-signing this man. The price should have dropped right now. The Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals potentially have the best chance to gain for this.
It is my thought process that these two other teams, plus Baltimore should be in on the negotiations.
Seattle should come in swiftly right now, and offer this guy a 4 YR Deal worth just south of what Martinez got. Possibly in the $15 – 16 $MIL a year Annual Average Value, and could even list a 5th season Vesting Option.
The Orioles could shake off losing Cruz for at least 2015, with a comeback season from Chris Davis, coupled with more playing time for Steve Pearce, and potentially some DH AB for Catcher Matt Wieters.
Seattle and KC would pique my interest, because both are heavily saddled with a bevy of Left Handed Hitters in their respective lineups, and most definitely need a Right Handed power bat in their Batting Order to protect their guys.
The Mariners should have inked Cruz last year, as that could have been the difference between them grabbing the 2nd Wild Card Slot, and not losing it out to the Royals.
With Billy Butler in the DH mix somewhere, he will probably sign with one of those three teams as well.
You have to figure Texas may be in on a player like Butler too.
Lets take a quick look at the rest of the DH positions for each club.
BOS: No issues with David Ortiz going forward for a few more seasons.
BAL: In the air still. Probably Butler, Cruz or Pearce.
KC: Still in the air. Would be another great destination for a Torii Hunter.
DET: Victor Martinez
CLE: The Tribe won’t spend a ton of money here either, and may slide Nick Swisher into the role going forward to take some reps with Carlos Santana.
MIN: The Twins may be a player in Free Agency, and if they can land their former player in Torii Hunter, perhaps he would be perfectly suited to take on the role.
CWS: With losing out on V-Mart, they could potentially enter the market for Cruz or Butler. Another FA to their liking could be a guy like Kendrys Morales, who is a lighter switch hitting version of V-Mart.
HOU: With the youth quickly being moved up the ranks, it is time to make Chris Carter into a permanent DH. Spending money here is not a wise decision.
TEX: They should be players in this designation, although they do have Mitch Moreland that could do the job. They were also linked to Morales before last year.
SEA: They need to sign some one pronto – and preferably a Right Handed stick. Last year, the production the club received from DH killed their offense.
Delmon Young needs a new home, but I could see a team use his services for a 4th OF, and take some reps versus LHP. KC should think about adding him to their roster.
Corey Hart may receive a Spring Training invite from a Major League team, although he will be hard pressed to enter April on a big league roster.
Butler may actually be a vital piece to the market considering how terrible the slot of Designated Hitter has been in the past few years.
I am really surprised more teams don’t use the position as an advantage.
One Wild Card to add to the fray, is if a club can sign Pablo Sandoval. He may not want to play in any season as a DH, however he could sign with the Boston Red Sox to play 3B for now, and be the heir apparent to David Ortiz in a few years…
Others that may hit the market as a DH for teams are Mike Morse and Adam LaRoche, although the latter is still one hell of a fielding 1st Baseman. The Mariners should be in on LaRoche too.
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Posted on November 15, 2014, in Free Agency, MLB Player Profiles and tagged adam dunn, adam laroche, albert pujols, alex rodriguez, aramis ramirez, baltimore orioles, billy butler, brandon moss, c.j. cron, carlos beltran, carlos santana, chris carter, chris davis, comerica park, david Dejesus, david ortiz, delmon young, detroit tigers, edwin encarnacion, jason giambi, john jaso, jose bautista, josh hamilton, justin smoak, kansas city royals, kendrys morales, mark trumbo, matt joyce, matt wieters, miguel cabrera, Mike Morse, mitch moreland, nelson cruz, nick swisher, pablo sandoval, raul ibanez, robinson cano, ryan howard, sean rodriguez, seattle mariners, stephen vogt, steve pearce, Torii Hunter, victor martinez. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on With V – Mart’s 4 YR Deal For $68 MIL, The Market Threshold Is Set For Nelson Cruz.