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Twins pull the trigger on Nelson Cruz trade, net strong return from the Rays – The Athletic

You knew the move was coming. It almost was inevitable it would happen. With the Twins out of contention and the slugger headed for free agency, there was little doubt Nelson Cruz would be traded before the July 30 trade deadline.

As painful as the move was for the Twins to complete, it should speak volumes that they finalized a deal on Thursday evening that sends Cruz and a minor-league pitcher to the Tampa Bay Rays for a pair of Triple-A pitchers a full eight days before the trade deadline.

With ample time on the clock and a bidding war brewing among contending teams creating a stronger-than-expected market, the Twins felt about as good as an organization could on a day in which it traded the best free-agent signee in franchise history.

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