'It's heartbreaking' as Twins trade 'best teammate' Nelson Cruz to Tampa Bay
July 23, 2021
Twins President Derek Falvey is used to having difficult conversations in his job, but the chat he had with Nelson Cruz and manager Rocco Baldelli before Thursday's game was one that "will always stick with me."
That's because Falvey informed Cruz, the 41-year-old beloved slugger and one of the best free-agent signings in Twins history, that he had been traded.
The Twins sent Cruz, along with Class AA righthander Calvin Faucher, to Tampa Bay for Class AAA righthanded starters Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman.