The Mariners just signed Nelson Cruz to a lot of money and a lot of years this Monday morning and the initial sticker shock was something to get over. So when the news broke, here is what my Twitter feed looked like.
Holy mother of PEDs— Anders Jorstad (@AndersJorstad) December 1, 2014
no no no stop— Patrick Dubuque (@euqubud) December 1, 2014
fuckfuckfuckfuckfuckgodDAMMIT— Logan Davis (@login_davis) December 1, 2014
eh, whatever— Matthias Ellis (@matthiasellis) December 1, 2014
Good morning the Mariners made a dumb move that may help them win the World Series next year well ok.— Nathan Bishop (@NathanHBishop) December 1, 2014
Nathan came out with the calm response, and realistically that is the response to have with the Mariners making this signing. It is for a lot of money and by the time the contract is finished Cruz will most likely be a decrepit old man, but the Mariners are in a win-now mode. If the Mariners make the playoffs the first couple of years of this contract it will be worth it. If the Mariners miss the playoffs it will be an unmitigated disaster.
Most likely, most everything today is going to have that tone to its Nelson Cruz-takes. The Mariners nabbed a desperately needed upgrade (the good).
One more thing on Cruz: #Mariners DHs hit ./190/.266/.301 with 15 HR this season, last in every category except HRs.— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 1, 2014
Cruz has slugged at least .500 in 5 of his last 6 seasons. The last right-handed Mariners hitter to slug .500 was Richie Sexson in 2006.— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) December 1, 2014
But the amount of years on the contract will make it a tough pill to swallow in a few years (the bad).
An early leader for the worst signing of the winter. RT @fangraphs: InstaGraphs: Mariners Reportedly Sign Nelson Cruz http://t.co/R6HEz5iCSd— David Cameron (@DCameronFG) December 1, 2014
Going forward, don't expect to see too much of a variance from anyone spinning the Cruz signing. No ifs, ands or buts about it, the Mariners had to go out and get a right-handed bat with a bit of thump to it. The Mariners were able to do that without giving up one of their coveted pitching prospects, yet. As Ryan Divish with the Seattle Times pointed out, the Mariners picked up their DH, not the outfield help they are still looking for.
Craig Calcaterra with NBC Sports had the key line on quick analysis of the trade.
That said: the M's are in win-now mode, as they should be. If they get two good years from him they probably won't care. Nor should they.
SB Nation's Beyond the Box Score has a well-crafted and reasoned response to the signing.
The most important take of them all: Willie Bloomquist is a fan.
I would venture to say that Nelson Cruz helps fill our need for some RH thump in our lineup!— Willie Bloomquist (@williebloom) December 1, 2014