Nelson Cruz’s $12 million option for next season has been exercised by the Minnesota Twins. The 39-year-old designated hitter agreed in January to a contract with a $14 million salary for 2019 and the club option.

That means the Twins MVP will continue his Bomba Squad leadership role.

It will be hard to forget how eight players would launch 20 or more Bombas in a season. Nelson Cruz 41

  • Max Kepler 36
  • Miguel Sano 34
  • Eddie Rosario 32
  • Mitch Garver 31
  • CJ Cron 25
  • Jonathan Schoop 23
  • Jorge Polanco 22

Did you do the math? And as a franchise Minnesota set the record with 307 home runs.

Cruz would have received a $300,000 buyout if the option had been declined and would have become eligible for free agency.

I'm looking forward to the next season as the Twins will open in a warmer climate on March 26 against the Oakland Athletics.

Source: Associated Press