Minnesota Twins announce signing of Nelson Cruz to one-year deal

Sep 16, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) reacts after an out against the Chicago White Sox during the third inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Twins on Wednesday announced the signing of slugger Nelson Cruz to a one-year contract.

Terms were not released but reports put the deal at $13 million.

The 40-year-old designated hitter finished sixth in MVP voting last season after posting a .303 average, 16 home runs and 33 RBIs in the pandemic-shortened season. In his two seasons with the Twins, Cruz has hit .308/.394/.626 with 57 home runs and 141 RBIs in 173 games.

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Cruz is a six-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger winner in 16 seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers (2005), Texas Rangers (2006-13), Baltimore Orioles (2014), Seattle Mariners (2015-18) and Twins. He’s a career .278/.347/.529 hitter with 417 homers. He’s 223 hits away from 2,000 for his career.

The Twins signed Cruz to a one-year, $14 million deal in 2019 and exercised their team option for $12 million last season.

Cruz has posted back-to-back .300 seasons for the first time in his career.

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–Field Level Media