The Minnesota Twins reportedly offered Nelson Cruz a one-year contract in October in hopes of retaining the veteran slugger, but have since rescinded the deal, according to La Velle E. Neal III of The Star Tribune.
While it's currently off the table, both sides remain interested in a reunion, Neal adds.
Cruz, 40, is coming off a two-year contract with the Twins that paid the slugger $26 million. Despite his age, Cruz remains one of the best hitters in baseball, earning MVP consideration in each of the last two seasons while hitting .308/.394/.626 with 57 homers over 173 games.
Cruz's free agency may rely heavily on whether the National League continues to employ the designated hitter in 2021. After the pandemic-shortened season forced the Senior Circuit to adopt the DH for the first time in its history, San Francisco Giants president Farhan Zaidi said on Thursday he's preparing for pitchers to return to hitting next year.
The current collective bargaining agreement expires at the end of next year and the league and union could revisit the universal DH for the 2022 campaign and beyond if it isn't ratified for next season.