Nelson Cruz With Cruz, Mariners Banking On 2015 Being 'Their Year' By Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel • Dec 5, 2014 Ted S. Warren / AP Photo Listen Listening... / 4:02 After just barely missing the playoffs this season, the Mariners are going all in to try to make it to the postseason next year. They made some big moves this week to improve their odds, namely signing veteran free agent slugger Nelson Cruz. Already A Cano Controversy? New Mariner Stirs The Pot By Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel • Feb 21, 2014 Rick Scuteri / AP Photo Listen Listening... / 3:27 The Mariners are wrapping up their first week of spring training in Peoria, Arizona. There was a lot of fanfare surrounding the arrival of newly-acquired slugger Robinson Cano. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says there was some drama as well.