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Report: Nelson Cruz to sign with either Twins or Rays

Nelson Cruz

There are apparently two finalists in the Nelson Cruz sweepstakes.

Dominican Republic reporter Hector Gomez of Deportivo Z 101 said on Tuesday that Cruz is deciding between the Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins.

MLB Network’s Jon Morosi says that Cruz is also talking with other teams.

Cruz is 38, which may be limiting his market despite his ability to still hit for power. In 144 games for Seattle last season, Cruz batted .256 with 37 home runs and an .850 OPS. He averaged 41.5 home runs per season from 2014-2017, but the drop in average last season could be a negative sign about his future prospects. Being a DH also limits the amount of teams that could have interest in him.

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