The 2021 MLB signings are coming in fast, and they’re coming in hot. The Minnesota Twins, having won the American League Central Division each of the last two seasons, kept their potent offense intact. The Twins started Tuesday, cruising into a re-signing of Nelson Cruz, the ageless wonder. As well, the team added closer Alex Colomé. Cruz and the Twins agreed upon a one-year, $13 million deal. The team inked Colomé to a one-year, $6.25 million deal. Keeping a hot commodity in Nelson Cruz, and adding Colomé to the bullpen should help to keep the Twins atop the AL Central in 2021.
2021 MLB Signings: The Streak
If we’re talking about the Minnesota Twins, we have to talk about “the streak.” Anyone that isn’t familiar here’s a bit of background, the Minnesota Twins have lost 18 consecutive postseason games. The streak stayed alive in 2020 after the Twinkies fell 3-1 to the Houston Astros in game two of the American League Wild Card Series at Target Field.
Now in a sport filled with overblown curses and so many crazy, whacked-out superstitions, it’s been really hard for the Twins to shake the streak. Can the Twins actually win a playoff game? Undoubtedly. The Red Sox and Cubs said so long to curses because let’s be real, curses do not exist. The Twins need to get over their playoff slump so the fanbase and franchise can breathe again. Re-signing Cruz and adding to the bullpen was a step in the right direction.
2021 MLB Signings: Nelson Cruz
Nelson Cruz has played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners. He will be entering into his third season as the everyday designated hitter for the Twins. Just how good is Nelson Cruz? Offensively, he’s defying logic. At 40-years-old, Cruz is one of the oldest in baseball. There will always be a blemish on Cruz’s career, having served a 50-game suspension in 2013. Watching Cruz hit high blasts around major league ballparks isn’t any less fun given his history, but it does come with its own funny feeling.
In 2019, Cruz slashed .311/.392/.639/1.013, with a 163 wRC+, an fWAR of 4.3, hitting 41 home runs, and 108 RBIs in 120 games. In 53 games of a COVID shortened season, Cruz slashed .303/.397/.595/.992 with 164 wRC+, 2.0 fWAR, 16 home runs, and 33 RBIs.
Cruz stays in the lineup with the likes of Josh Donaldson, Miguel Sano, Max Kepler, Byron Buxton, and newly acquired Andrelton Simmons. Minnesota’s offense was already potent, having broken MLB’s home run record in 2019 with 307. Nelson Cruz in Minnesota not only keeps an elite bat in the lineup, but it also keeps a well-liked teammate in the dugout.
2021 MLB Signings: Alex Colomé
After spending parts of six seasons in Tampa Bay, most of 2018 with the Mariners, and the past two seasons on the South Side of Chicago, he’s taking his talent North West to Minneapolis. Colomé might not have been the best pitcher on the free agent market, but he’s been more than effective over his career. For Colomé’s career, he has a line of, 2.95 ERA, ERA+ of 140, 3.54 FIP, 1.17 WHIP, and 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings, in 326 games, and 424 innings pitched.
In 21 games in 2020, Colomé posted a 0.81 ERA, an ERA+ of 558, 0.94 WHIP, and 6.4 strikeouts per nine. It’s a small sample size, sure, but it proved to be quite effective. Adding Colomé assures that the Minnesota Twins will have much better odds at locking down the ninth inning than they did in all of 2020.
Getting over the steak means adding proven players, and Colomé only improves Minnesota’s chances of getting over that nasty playoff hump.
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