On MLBTR, they're already saying that Cruz "should"be a lock for a multi-year deal in FA if he can repeat once again.
Personally, I don't know and am a bit skeptical. Teams are so age-conscious and adverse to DH-only/ -mostly players that I think it'll be hard for him to get a 3-year deal if he's eligible for a QO. No QO and perhaps some team will give him 3+ vesting option.
Who have been the last old-but-productive DHs to get FA contracts? David Ortiz only sort of counts because I doubt he would have ever left Boston. Was it Frank Thomas? I believe his last contract was 2 years with the Blue Jays (and I don't think he lasted, iirc).
My sincerest hope is that Cruz and Dipoto can both be happy with a 2 year extension/ deal that lets Cruz retire a Mariner and give the organization one less hole to fill when I'm certain starting pitching will STILL be an issue...
If he's still productive as primary DH even then and still wants to play, make it rolling 1-year deals from then on.
The M's 2016 first round pick and the 11th Overall is the system's top prospect and has several accolades to his name. Even though he is currently out of commission recovering from injury, he still has a whole bunch of potential.
This Rule 5-acquired first baseman just might be the M's best player at the position. I'm betting on it! He's never walked less than he's K'd and he just flashed some serious power in his first taste of AAA. He just needed a position and there happens to be one available in the Emerald City.
Gone, but not forgotten AAPs:
So long, fellas. I hope that all of you do well in your future endeavors. Perhaps you can tap into the potential seen in the M's system and have success elsewhere in the baseball world. Just... not against the M's, OK?