Reports: Free agent slugger Nelson Cruz agrees to a one-year deal with the Twins

The Minnesota Twins and free agent slugger Nelson Cruz agreed to a one-year deal, according to multiple reports. 

The six-time All-Star's deal will be worth $14.3 million, and it will include a team option for 2020.

The veteran slugger has remained one of MLB's prolific power hitters over the past several seasons. During his four-year tenure with the Seattle Mariners, he slugged 163 homers and drove in 414 runs. Last season, he paced Seattle with 37 homers and had a .509 slugging percentage.

Cruz, 38, is a good fit for Minnesota. The veteran slugger should help with the development of Miguel Sano and is an upgrade over Tyler Austin and free agent signee C.J. Cron. He also fills the void left by Joe Mauer, who retired after the 2018 season, and Logan Morrison, whose club option was declined this winter. 

Cruz, born July 1, 1980, will be 15 months older than new manager Rocco Baldelli, who was born on Sept. 25, 1981.

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