Nelson Cruz returns to Twins for third season with one-year deal

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Minnesota Twins have re-signed designated hitter Nelson Cruz. He has received a one-year deal.

Cruz will receive $13 million for the 2021 season. He’ll be 41 during the upcoming season in July.

Minnesota Twins slugger Nelson Cruz hits a home run against the Chicago White Sox
Nelson Cruz hits a home run against the Chicago White Sox (Getty Images)

The slugger waited to see what his interest would be in free agency. Ultimately, he decided to return to the Twins, where he is part of their “Bomba Squad” lineup.

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He has spent the past two seasons with the Twins. Both times, he helped Minnesota to two straight American League Central Championships.

This past season, Cruz had 16 home runs and 33 RBIs during the 60-game MLB coronavirus schedule in 2020. He also had 56 hits in 53 games.

The 16 home runs were the seventh-best in the league. He tied with several hitters with 16 home runs.

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New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit led MLB with 22 home runs.

Since signing with the Twins, Cruz has hit 57 home runs in the two seasons. He had 41 home runs during his first season in 2019.

Cruz led the Twins with 16 home runs in 2020. Miguel Sanó, Eddie Rosario, and Byron Buxton were tied for second with 13 home runs each.

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The Dominican Republic native has hit 417 home runs in his career with five teams. Besides playing for the Twins, he has also played for the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, and the Milwaukee Brewers.

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