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Twins trade Cruz to Rays

Here we go, folks.

Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images

Fans of the Minnesota Twins were waiting and waiting for the first move to be made, counting down the days to the trade deadline. Tonight’s the night it all starts as the Twins swing a trade with an American League East team looking to bulk up during the second half of the season.

Designated Hitter Nelson “Boomstick” Cruz is the first Twins player to be traded off during a disappointing 2021 season for the team. He’ll finish off the Minnesota portion of his career with a .304/.386/.598 (.984) slash line with 76 bombas and 191 ribbies. He’ll join the Tampa Bay Rays, who are only a game back in the A.L. East of the Boston Red Sox and six games ahead of the Evil Empire.

Cruz will be missed in more ways than one. Of course his offense will be sorely missed, but his leadership and veteran presence will also be a large absence from the clubhouse, especially for Miguel Sano.

As for the return, Bob Nightengale is reporting that the Twins are getting pitching prospect Drew Strotman as part of the trade, and the Twins have confirmed that report. They’ll also receive minor-league pitcher Joe Ryan while they will send minor-league pitcher Calvin Faucher over to the Rays with Cruz.

Thank you for everything, Boomstick. The Bomba Squad won’t be the same without you.