Cruz agrees to 1-year deal with Twins

Cruz agrees to 1-year deal with Twins Click to Enlarge

The Twins and veteran slugger Nelson Cruz have agreed to a one-year contract with an option for the 2020 season, giving Minnesota a boost at designated hitter.

The Twins announced the deal Wednesday. Cruz played 144 games for the Seattle Mariners last season, hitting .256 with 37 home runs, 97 RBIs and a .342 on-base percentage.

Since the start of the 2014 season, the 14-year veteran leads all of baseball with 203 home runs and ranks third with 522 RBI. He has hit at least 37 home runs in each of the last five seasons and recorded at least 100 RBI in three of his last five.

The 38-year-old from the Dominican Republic has been named an All-Star six times, including five of the last six seasons.

The two-time Silver Slugger has played 14 seasons in the majors with Milwaukee, Texas, Baltimore and Seattle.

Three players - Logan Morrison, Robbie Grossman and the now-retired Joe Mauer, made at least 30 starts at DH for the Twins last season.


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