From the moment the Orioles signed Nelson Cruz to a club-friendly, one-year contract in February, both sides knew the slugger would be able to test the free-agent market again this offseason, seeking the lucrative deal he didn't receive then.
The Orioles still saw re-signing Cruz as one of their current offseason priorities, but the major leagues' reigning home run champion received the deal Monday that he was seeking elsewhere.
Cruz agreed to terms Monday with the Seattle Mariners on a four-year, $57 million deal plus a $1 million signing bonus. The deal is pending a physical, which Cruz is expected to take this week.
Although somewhat expected, Cruz's departure...