The Tampa Bay Rays appears to be the first team to hit a big deal before MLB’s close of trading.
As Jeff Passan of ESPN first reported, the Rays make a deal to sell outfielder Nelson Cruz from the Minnesota Twins .
It wasn’t immediately clear what the rays were were sending Cruz to Minnesota in exchange for Cruz.
41-year-old Cruz has long been one of the best thugs in the game, and it has stayed that way despite the twins’ struggles. Cruz has 19 home runs that season and was named an All-Star for the seventh time in his career. The seasoned outfielder has a one-year contract, so the Rays are essentially hiring him for the remainder of the season.
With the twins’ trouble, Cruz aroused widespread interest in the league before the end of the deadline on July 31st . The Rays, just one game behind Boston for first place in the AL East, won the race and gained a huge lead for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs.