June 25, 2021

Twins Notes: Cruz, Donaldson, Hill (MLB Trade Rumors)

Nelson Cruz hit .311/.392/.639 with 41 homers in his first season in Minnesota, making it an easy call for the Twins to exercise their $12MM club option on the veteran slugger for 2020.  Cruz can be a free agent next winter, though GM Thad Levine told fans and reporters (including Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press) at this weekend’s TwinsFest fan event that “we are having ongoing conversations with [Cruz’s] agent to discuss mutual interest in the future.

Though Cruz has continued to swing a mighty bat into his late 30’s, he signed with the Twins for just one guaranteed year (worth $14.3MM in guaranteed money) with the 2020 club option last winter, as his age and DH-only lineup deployment limited his market.  It’s fair to assume that those same factors could impact Cruz again this coming offseason, even if he has another big season in 2020.  Cruz turns 40 in July, so perhaps a modest one-year extension covering the 2021 season would be acceptable to both sides.  The…

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