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Nelson Cruz Signs With The Baltimore Orioles

With less than a month to go before spring training begins, Nelson Cruz has finally signed a deal. Cruz has agreed to a 1 year deal with the Baltimore Orioles, worth $8 million.

This is a good move for the Orioles as they need some fire power to compete with the Yankees in the East after all their off season moves. Even though Nelson Cruz is coming off a suspension for PEDs, this is only a 1 year deal and the Orioles are not locked into him long term.

After the signing of Ubaldo Jiminez and now Cruz, the Orioles are making it clear that they are going to be contenders again in 2014. A lineup with guys like Nick Markakis, Chris Davis, Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, Nelson Cruz, J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado when he's healthy, should have no problem scoring runs.

2014 Opening Day Lineup:

1. Nick Markakis - RF
2. Ryan Flaherty - 3B
3. Chris Davis - 1B
4. Adam Jones - CF
5. Nelson Cruz - DH
6. Matt Wieters - C
7. J.J. Hardy - SS
8. David Lough - LF
9. Jemile Weeks - 2B