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Twins re-sign Nelson Cruz to 1-year deal

The Twins have brought back Cruz after slugging 16 home runs last season.

Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) looks on after hitting an RBI double in the third inning against the Houston Astros at Target Field Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Twins have re-signed Nelson Cruz, taking the star designated hitter and outfielder off of the free agency market. Cruz is signing a 1-year contract worth $13 million, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Cruz was the catalyst behind a solid Twins team that had one of the better offenses in the Major Leagues. The 15-year veteran was second on the team in batting average, .303, and RBI, 33. He also led the team in home runs with 16, which was the 5th most in all of MLB.

The 40-year-old is heading into his 16th MLB season and has been an all-star six times, most recently in 2018. Cruz also has four Silver Slugger awards, including two in a row over the last two seasons. According to ESPN, between 2014 and 2018, no player in MLB hit more home runs than Cruz’s 203.

Nelson Cruz entered professional baseball with the New York Mets before being traded to the Oakland Athletics. They dealt him to the Milwaukee Brewers where he eventually progressed to the major. He has spent major league time with the Brewers, Los Angeles of Anaheim Angles, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners and the Twins.