The Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins just finished their four-game series. The Twins took the fourth game with a big win to split the series 2-2. It was a great series in terms of entertainment. The White Sox had some great moments in the series which is very encouraging. They followed up a beatdown of the Houston Astros with this series so you knew they would be feeling good about themselves.
One player that is always a topic of conversation when these two teams meet is Nelson Cruz. Cruz has been a thorn in the White Sox side for a few years now. It is hard to think of anyone not named Aaron Rodgers that has been more of an enemy to a men’s Chicago sports team than Cruz. He seems to do damage every single time these two teams meet.
The Twins have fallen on hard times this season. They are going to be sellers at the deadline which is awesome. A lot of White Sox fans want Cruz to be one of the players traded away but that would actually be bad.
The White Sox only plays the Twins in one more series this season and it comes in early August. They can deal with him for three more games. Due to the fact that Cruz is primarily a DH at this point in his career, he would likely be traded to an American League team if Minnesota decided to move on from him. That means a contending team that needs a DH would be in the market. Teams like the Oakland Athletics, Houston Astros, and Tampa Bay Rays come to mind.
The Chicago White Sox always struggles to keep Nelson Cruz from hurting them.
The White Sox might have to play one of those teams in the playoffs. That is exactly why it would be better for the Twins to keep Cruz. It makes sense to want him out of the division but it might come back to hurt in the end.
It is good, however, that we are having these conversations about the Twins. We went into the season believing that they would have a heated battle all year long. Fortunately, the White Sox have been able to pull away from everyone else in the division for now. We can only hope that it stays that way for the rest of the year. If the Twins do trade Cruz to another contender, the White Sox need to continue focusing on getting him out when they face him.