Report: Mariners talking to Cruz, targeting Rodney

Cruz one of 5 remaining free agents to cost draft pick

Author: By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Feb 04 2014 10:07:29 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 04 2014 10:32:25 AM CST
Texas Rangers Nelson Cruz

The Seattle Mariners are in talks with outfielder Nelson Cruz and targeting closer Fernando Rodney, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

The Mariners had been linked as a front-runner to Cruz throughout the offseason. Discussions may have heated up in the past few days, according to Heyman, and the Mariners reportedly are willing to hand out a multi-year deal for the 33-year-old slugger.

Cruz is one of five remaining free agents with a draft choice attached to his signing by virtue of his being extended the qualifying offer by his old Texas Rangers team.

Cruz had 27 home runs, 76 RBIs and a .266 batting average for the Rangers last year before accepting a 50-game PED suspension tied to the Biogenesis scandal.

Rodney, 37, was 5-4 with a 3.38 ERA and 37 saves in 66 2/3 innings last season for the Tampa Bay Rays. In 2012, he had a 0.60 ERA and finished fifth in Cy Young voting.