Cruz agreed to a one-year, $14.3 million deal with the Twins that includes a $12 million club option for 2020, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports. The Twins and Cruz had been a rumored match for a while now, so this comes as no surprise. He will serve as the everyday designated hitter in a similar park and lineup as he hit in last season. Cruz has hit 37-plus home runs in five consecutive seasons -- he leads all major-league hitters with 203 home runs over that stretch. However, he is entering his age-38/39 season, so it should not be surprising if he falls off at any point. His .256 average in 2018 was his worst mark since he hit .235 in 2007, but his hard-hit rate (42.3 percent) was actually a career best and his batted ball profile was in line with his career norms. The deal includes a $300,000 buyout if the Twins do not wish to pick up the club option for 2020.
Cruz went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run and two strikeouts in Tuesday's win over the Athletics. Cruz helped Seattle dig out of an early 3-0 hole, taking starter Brett Anderson deep for a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning. The veteran has turned in another productive season now at 38 years old, blasting 37 home runs to go along with 95 RBI.
Cruz went 2-for-4 with two RBI on Saturday against the Rangers. Cruz drove in both of his runs with a timely base knock in the eighth inning, bringing his RBI total to 92 for the season. The 38-yard-old has turned in another productive season, though he will likely fail to reach 40 home runs for the second consecutive campaign.
Cruz (illness) is batting third as the designated hitter Monday against the Astros, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. Cruz has been cleared to rejoin the lineup after missing Sunday's game with an illness. The veteran slugger, who is slashing .265/.351/.534 with 36 homers this season, will face rookie southpaw Framber Valdez in his return to action.
Cruz went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored Thursday against the Angels. Cruz took Noe Ramirez deep in the fourth inning to record his 36th home run of the season. He is pacing toward his fourth 40-homer campaign in the past five seasons, an impressive feat for the 38-year-old.