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The Minnesota Twins have agreed to an one-year agreement worth $13 million to bring back free-agent designated hitter Nelson Cruz, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports. Here’s what we composed:

Cruz turned 40 in July, but you wouldn’t have actually known it based on his offensive output.

Cruz, 40, will return as Minnesota’s designated hitter for the 2021 season.

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As Passan notes, Major League Baseball and the Major League Players’ Association have still yet to come to an agreement on the decision of a universal designated hitter for the upcoming season, and although a go back to Minnesota was anticipated for Cruz this winter, the absence of resolution on the issue 3 weeks prior to spring training starts definitely had an impact on the signing. The universal DH was among the rule changes carried out in the abbreviated 2020 project. Our own Mike Axisa outlined why the universal DH ought to be one of 2020’s guideline modifications that the league ought to keep for 2021.

The Twins likewise signed left-hander J.A. Happ and shortstop Andrelton Simmons this winter season.

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