Twins exercise Cruz’s $12 million option for 2020

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Minnesota Twins have picked up the option for designated hitter Nelson Cruz. He will receive $12 million in 2020.

The team previously said that they would pick up his own. It is now official. This could be the final year of the career for the 39-year-old.

Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz celebrates a solo home run during the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox
Nelson Cruz celebrates a solo home run during the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox (Getty Images)

Cruz — who will be 40 on July 1, 2020 — has been in the Majors for 16 seasons in 2020. The upcoming season in 2020 will be his second with the Twins.

In his first season with the Twins, Cruz had a .311 batting average with 41 home runs and 108 RBI’s in 120 games. The Las Matas de Santa Cruz, Dominican Republic native also had 26 doubles in 141 hits in 454 at-bats. He also scored 81 runs on the season.

Besides playing for the Twins, he also spent time with the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, and the Milwaukee Brewers. He spent eight seasons with the Rangers.

Cruz is a six-time All-Star and a two-time Silver Slugger.

In his career, he has appeared in 1,689 games. He has a career .277 batting average with 401 home runs and 1,119 RBIs in 6,212 at-bats.

He also has 324 doubles, 13 triples in 1,721 hits and 919 Runs.

The 41 home runs in 2019 was the most since the 2016 season when he hit 43 home runs. This was just the fourth time that he hit 40 or more home runs — 40 home runs in 2014, a career-high 44 home runs in 2015, 43 home runs in 2016, before his 41 in 2019.

The 108 RBIs were the most since his 119 RBIs with the Mariners in 2017. It is also just the fourth time that he had 100 RBIs in a season.

He had 108 RBIs in 2014, 105 RBIs in 2016, the aforementioned 119 in 2017, and the 108 in 2019.

It is going to be impossible for Cruz to reach 2,000 career hits. He needs 279 hits for the 2,000 mark.

His best season for hits is 178 during the 2015 season.

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