Nelson Cruz traded to Tampa Bay Rays from Minnesota Twins
Posted On July 23, 2021
The Tampa Bay Rays landed a big bat for the stretch run on Thursday, acquiring slugger Nelson Cruz in a deal with the Minnesota Twins eight days before the MLB trade deadline, the teams announced Thursday.
Cruz, 41, is a seven-time All-Star – including this season – with 19 homers with 50 RBIs and a .907 OPS serving exclusively as designated hitter in 2021. Cruz’s 279 homers since 2014 are the most players. at baseball.
Minnesota will receive pitcher prospects Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman in exchange for Cruz and minor league pitcher Calvin Faucher.
Tampa Bay, a game behind the Red Sox in the AL East coming into play on Thursday, has turned to the designated hitting point this season and Cruz is expected to come in all.
The Rays rank in the bottom half of the AL in OPS (.712) and Cruz’s addition to the lineup should give the lineup a huge boost. Tampa Bay reached the World Series in 2020, losing to the Dodgers in six games
Cruz joined the Twins ahead of the 2019 season and helped the team win back-to-back AL Central titles. Free agent after the 2021 season, Cruz is on a one-year, $ 13 million contract that he signed over the winter.