Nelson Cruz Discusses Future Plans
Wednesday is Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz’s 40th birthday, however that doesn’t imply the six-time All-Star is closing in on retirement. Quite the opposite, Cruz advised to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune that he nonetheless has sufficient gasoline within the tank to play past the 2020 marketing campaign.
“I don’t see it [soon],” Cruz mentioned of calling it quits someday quickly, and he went on to state that “my physique is in fine condition, and I’m doing all the pieces I can to maintain it that manner. Why would I retire?”
Certainly, primarily based on the eye-popping offensive numbers he has put up over the previous few seasons, Cruz doesn’t appear like somebody who’s wherever close to the end line. Cruz was a power with the Mariners from 2015-18 over 2,558-plate look tenure by which he slashed .284/.362/.546 (147 wRC+) with 163 residence runs, and he solely obtained higher a yr in the past.
Owing to his age and his incapability to think about as a defender, Cruz didn’t safe a multiyear assure in free company after his time in Seattle ended. He as a substitute inked a one-year, $14.3MM cope with the Twins, although that contract did include a $12MM membership choice for 2020. The Twins exercised it this previous offseason, which was a no brainer in gentle of the manufacturing Cruz posted in Yr 1 in Minnesota. Whereas Cruz solely performed in 120 video games, his fewest since 2013, he nonetheless managed to amass 41 residence runs throughout 521 PA and slash .311/.392/.639 – good for a personal-high wRC+ of 163. His HR complete performed a serious position within the Twins setting a single-season report with 307.
Though Cruz is seemingly lifeless set on taking part in previous 2020, that doesn’t imply he’ll proceed to don a Twins uniform. Cruz is a pending free agent, and if he turns in one other banner yr and the Nationwide League retains the DH going ahead, he might encounter a sturdy marketplace for somebody his age. The Twins have proven curiosity in extending Cruz, although, so maybe these talks will decide again up now that the league has lifted its freeze on transactions.