Goodbye Boomstick: Former Mariner Nelson Cruz signs deal with Minnesota Twins

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners are saying goodbye to another star player: Nelson Cruz.

Cruz, aka Boomstick, tweeted a photo of himself on Thursday in a Minnesota Twins jersey with the caption: #NewProfilePic.

According to MLB.com, the Twins agreed to a one-year, $14 million contract for the 38-year-old.

The six-time All Star has played for the Mariners since 2014. Cruz has been one of the most consistent power hitters for several years with at least 37 home runs in each of the last five seasons.

Cruz took to Instagram to thank the Mariners' ownership and clubhouse:

"Seattle, you hold a special place in my heart as you embraced me from the start even when skeptics said I would not succeed in a pitcher friendly park. I hope you enjoyed hearing Dave Sims say Boomstick Baby as much as I did."

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I would like to thank the Mariners ownership especially John for all you have done for me and my hometown, the organization, the coaching staff, my teammates, Ryan, Billy and everyone else in the clubhouse, Rick Rizzs and all of the other reporters I came across, and most importantly the fans for all of your support over the last four seasons.  Seattle, you hold a special place in my heart as you embraced me from the start even when skeptics said I would not succeed in a pitcher friendly park. I hope you enjoyed hearing Dave Sims say Boomstick Baby as much as I did. My Boomstick23 Foundation was formally established while in the Emerald City and I appreciate your support throughout the years. Thank you to my family and my Boomstick23 team for your continued support. Me gustaría darle las Gracias a los Marineros, los dueños especialmente a John por todo lo que han hecho por mí y por mi ciudad natal, a la organización, el cuerpo técnico, mis compañeros de equipo, Ryan, Billy y todos los demás en el clubhouse, Rick Rizzs y todos los demás reporteros. Y más importante, a los fanáticos por todo su apoyo durante las últimas cuatro temporadas. Seattle, es un lugar especial en mi corazón porque me apoyaron desde el principio, incluso cuando los escépticos dijeron que no tendría éxito en un parque que beneficia a los lanzadores. Espero que hayan disfrutado escuchar a Dave Sims decir Boomstick Baby tanto como yo. Mi Fundación Boomstick23 se estableció formalmente en la ciudad de Esmeralda y aprecio su apoyo a lo largo de los años. Gracias a mi familia y a mi equipo Boomstick23 por su apoyo continuo.

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