TAMPA (WFLA) – The Tampa Bay Rays will be adding some much-needed offense to their lineup.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Rays have traded for Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz.
Cruz is a seven-time all-star and in 2021 at the age of 40 is hitting .294 with 19 home runs and 50 RBI’s.
The Rays will be trading away right-handed minor league pitchers Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman in exchange for Cruz and right-handed minor league pitcher Calvin Faucher.
Ryan in 11 starts in Triple-A was 4-3 with 10 walks and 75 strikeouts in 57 innings. Strotman was 7-2 in 12 starts with 33 walks and 62 strikeouts in 58 innings.
Both players were top 20 prospects in the Rays organization, according to MLB.com