Nelson Cruz - Baltimore Orioles -- Detroit Tigers -- MLB Postseason

Thanks for 2014, Nelson Cruz.

According to a report from ESPN’s Enrique Rojas, Nelson Cruz has agreed to a four-year deal with the Seattle Mariners.

After turning down the Texas Rangers’ qualifying offer, the O’s inked Cruz to a one-year, $8 million contract last offseason and he proved to be arguably the biggest bargain on the free agent market. He led the Majors in dingers (40) and slashed .271/.333/.525 with a 140 OPS+.

Perhaps I’m in the minority of Orioles fans, but I never expected Cruz’s one-year deal to blossom into something more long-term. The O’s were reportedly willing to go up to three-years, Cruz’s age 37 season, but Seattle topped that with four at $57 million ($14.25 million AAV).

Many are wondering how losing out on Cruz will affect the Orioles interest in Matt Kemp and their negotiations with Nick Markakis and Andrew Miller. The simple answer: it won’t.

Kemp will make over $21 million annually between now and 2019. The O’s have their price on Markakis and don’t seem to be budging as a market for him appears small and it seems that they’ve accepted being outbid for Miller.