MLB Rumors: Nelson Cruz and the Minnesota Twins have agreed on a one year, $14 million deal with a 2020 club option for $12 million that has a $300,000 buyout, per reports on the Tweetbox.
Cruz just finished a four year deal with the Seattle Mariners where he defied Father Time, putting up an aggregate .284/.362/.546 slash line and 148 OPS+ despite being in what would seem to be his decline years. Cruz turns 39 in July, and is older than, among others, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Dan Haren, Laynce Nix, Hank Blalock, Sean Burroughs, C.J. Wilson, Josh Hamilton and Carlos Zambrano. He’s a whopping five years older than Delmon Young.
Cruz, of course, is an indelible part of Texas Rangers’ history, being a key player on the two World Series teams, putting up dominant post-season numbers, and being in the middle of that Game Six hit that we don’t talk about anymore.
He will now be the DH for the Twins in 2019, and possibly 2020.