February 4th, 2014
According to mlb.com, the Seattle Mariners are in discussions with free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz. They are reportedly discussing a 2-year deal, which Cruz has been looking for but hasn’t received from any team. Cruz was a solid hitter last season for Texas, having a decent average of .266 but hitting 27 homers and driving in 76 in only 109 games. His season was cut short due to his 50-game suspension for his role in the Biogenesis scandal, which is the main reason why not many teams have shown interest in the slugging outfielder. Seattle has already addressed their weak offense this offseason by acquiring Robinson Cano, Corey Hart, and Logan Morrison. If they can sign Cruz, that would make their offense one of the best in their division, and would give them a chance to compete with Texas, Oakland, and Los Angeles in the AL West.
….. We take a look at Baseball games played in unique venues! Inside the USA, there have been few games played in unusual locations, however last year The Alamo Dome played host to an exhibition game. Games in minor Leauge parks have become very frequent during the last week of Spring Training. MLB Teams played in cities like San Jose, Salt Lake and Altoona last year. In Canada, games not being played in the Rodgers Centre are rare, however in March, the Mets and Jays play to games in Montreals Oylmpic Stadium, formerly the home of the Expos. Games in Japan were played every 4 years until 2012, no announcment has been made for 2026. And of course lots of games have been played south of the border!