Cruz signed a 1-year, $8 million deal with the Orioles on February 24th, after leaving the Texas Rangers via free agency. The slugger was suspended 50 games on August 5th, 2013 for his Biogenesis involvement. He lead the majors with 40 home runs, and finished 3rd in the American League with 108 RBI in 2014.
This is the 4th major league team for Cruz, after he played 8 games for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2005. He was with the Rangers from 2006 to 2013. The 3-time all-star holds the record with 6 home runs and 14 RBI in one postseason series, which was in the 2011 ALCS against the Detroit Tigers.
Cruz rejected the Orioles' 1-year, $15.3 qualifying offer for 2015. He brings significant help to a struggling Mariners offense, who finished 11th in the AL with 634 runs scored, and had a minuscule .676 OPS. Seattle attempted trades for Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Upton, and Matt Kemp in their search for a right-handed bat, but they found their guy in the free agent market.