DH - FA
Nelson Cruz is unlikely to sign anywhere until there is clarity on whether or not the league will employ a universal DH in 2021, according to Jon Morosi of the MLB Network.
Evan at age 40, Cruz could be considered one of the top offensive free agents on the market after another stellar year in which he slashed .303/.397/.595 with 16 home runs and 33 RBI across 185 at-bats for the Twins. It's understandable that he would want to wait and see if the league moves forward with a designated hitter in the NL as that would broaden the amount of teams he could suit up for in 2021. As of now, no decision on a universal DH has been made for next season. Stay tuned.
La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes that Nelson Cruz is seeking a two-year deal this offseason.
Cruz had a fantastic age-40 campaign this past summer, hitting .303 with 16 homers and a .992 OPS in 53 games. It's unclear if a team would be willing to pay him into his age-42 season, but he would likely have a lot of interest if he was willing to accept a one-year contract. He would have even more of a market if the National League sticks with the universal DH next season.
Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a walk in Tuesday's loss to the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the Wild Card Round.
Cruz put the Twins up 1-0 with an RBI double in the third inning, but the Minnesota bullpen went on to allow four runs in the final three innings in a 4-1 loss.
Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 0-for-3 with a walk in a 5-3 loss to the Reds in Sunday's regular-season finale.
Cruz put together another outstanding season at the plate, hitting .287 with 17 homers, 33 runs, 35 RBI, and one steal. He did cool off of late, hitting just .167 in his last seven games. He will look to get it going again in the Wild Card round against the Astros.
Nelson Cruz (knee) is once against absent from the Twins' lineup on Tuesday against the Tigers.
Cruz hasn't played since Friday due to a knee issue. It sounds as if the Twins are playing things safe with the postseason right around the corner. He could return as early as Wednesday.