The hot stove of the MLB trade deadline is buzzing. Joey Gallo and Kris Bryant appear to be the top two prizes of this deadline period. However, Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz is expected to have a ton of interest–primarily from American League teams, of course.
According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, there are a few teams in on Cruz with the deadline less than two weeks away.
No surprise, there’s keen interest in All-Star DH Nelson Cruz. Rays, Jays, maybe A’s among possible landing spots.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 19, 2021
With the lack of the DH in the National League, it isn't a surprise that his biggest suitors will be from the AL. Cruz would be well worth it, too. The Twins All-Star slugger has hit 18 home runs with 47 RBIs on the season and has a .301 batting average.
As for the Twins, their deficit in the AL Central is too much to overcome. The Twins sit 17 games back of the Chicago White Sox for the top spot in the division, and other Twins, specifically Kenta Maeda and Jose Berrios, have popped up as potential trade options for contending teams. Cruz can provide an offensive boost to just about every team in the league, and Minnesota's phones should be ringing.
The rumor mill is swirling, and it feels as if this MLB trade deadline will be one of the busiest ones in recent memories.