I think most people figured that, though he’d help Seattle’s offense this year, it was unreasonable to expect that Nelson Cruz would do as well with the Mariners as he did with the Orioles last year. A tougher hitting environment is one reason. The fact that, really, Cruz’s 2014 was probably a bit of an outlier for him.
I guess nobody told Cruz that, though, because he has started out 2015 just as well if not better than he did in 2014. Cruz homered in his fourth consecutive game last night, finishing 1-for-3 with a pair of walks. Overall he has five homers.
The M’s gave Cruz a four-year, $57 million deal. I still doubt he’s worth that deal when all four years are said and done, but so far so good.