MLB: Twins GM reveals if returning to Nelson Cruz is priority in Twins

After an excellent streak of 258 games with the Minnesota Twins in three different seasons, the Dominican veteran Nelson Cruz was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays before last year’s deadline.

While the club isn’t completely ruling out a reunion, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be the top of its to-do list this winter. Popular journalist Dan Hayes of The Athletic spoke with Twins GM Thad Levine, about the situation:

In the most ideal case, when you are building a poster, you would like to have a designated position as an open position to rotate the guys and give them a partial day off. We have chosen to take a different route in each of the last two seasons because we felt we had an elite DH. “

As Hayes pointed out, the club will focus primarily on pitching for now, which makes sense given that they have lost Jose Berríos to trade, Michael Pineda to free agency and Japan’s Kenta Maeda to Tommy John surgery.

Nelson Cruz also struggled after being traded to the Rays, hitting .226 / .283 / .442, for a 96-year-old wRC +, raising questions about how productive he will be at age 41 in 2022 (he turns them on 1 July). But Levine still let the door open a crack, saying that:

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They want to keep the designated position open to allow a group of players to rotate through that position, unless something exceptional comes our way, at which point we would have to review it. “

Rafael Martinez

I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Bachelor of Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services in Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and within days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB: Twins GM reveals if returning to Nelson Cruz is priority in Twins