As free agent Nelson Cruz continues his search for a big contract, the Seattle Mariners might no longer be in play for the outfielder, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.

Cruz may no longer fit into the team's plans as another designated hitter. The Mariners recently signed Corey Hart and traded for Logan Morrison in addition to having Justin Smoak and Jesus Montero on the roster already. Both Hart and Morrison have played outfield in the past, though two knee surgeries may limit Hart to first base.

Cruz is not necessarily only a designated hitter. However, his defense in the outfield is generally regarded as poor and he has also come off a number of leg injuries. Thus, an AL team is likely to see Cruz as more of a designated hitter rather than someone who can play a position full-time.

There is also the pesky matter of Cruz's asking price in free agency. He is still seeking a big deal worth over $15 million per year. Though it appears no team has been willing to entertain that fee, Cruz has yet to stray from it. As Robinson Cano found out, it only takes one team to come close to the asking price.