The Twins traded Cruz to the Rays Thursday in exchange for two pitching prospects. It was a good move for Tampa Bay, which could use a power bat being just one game behind the Boston Red Sox for first place in the AL East.
Cruz spent over two seasons in Minnesota, hitting 304./386/.598 with 76 homers and 191 RBI across 258 games.
As a way to honor the slugger, Sano wore Cruz’s pants during Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels. He went 1-for-3 with a walk while playing first base.
In an Instagram post, Cruz described the trade as “heartbreaking” even though he was expecting a move out of Minnesota. The 41-year-old added that he would consider re-signing with the Twins in free agency this winter.
The Twins are fourth in the AL Central with a 41-56 record, so it’s no surprise they appear to be sellers ahead of this year’s trade deadline.