MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nelson Cruz says retirement is not on his mind.

The Minnesota Twins have finalized their $13 million, one-year contract with the designated hitter. He was the most valuable player from the AL Central champion teams of the last two seasons.

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Both the 40-year-old Cruz and the Twins expressed a mutual desire for him to return all along. Cruz begins his 17th major league season.

He led the Twins in home runs in 2019 and 2020. While helped immensely by his power hitting, the team is most appreciative of his leadership.

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