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Juan Soto helped recruit Nelson Cruz, who fills multiple roles for Nationals

Juan Soto helped recruit Nelson Cruz, who fills multiple roles for Nationals

Soto helped recruit Cruz, who fills multiple roles for Nats originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Juan Soto: Right fielder, MVP candidate, 23-year-old and, as of this winter, free-agent recruiter.

The Nationals’ phenom went beyond the typical duties of a young player this offseason when he reached out to Nelson Cruz, the veteran slugger who officially joined their roster on a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2023. Cruz participated in his first practice with the team at their spring training complex Thursday and expressed excitement for his fit in D.C.

“First of all, have to thank the Nationals for making me part of this great organization, great culture,” Cruz said in a press conference. “Talking to Soto days before the signing, Johnny [DiPuglia] called me a few times, I believe it was the right call.”

According to Cruz, Soto told him, “Come here, let’s do something special, let’s win.”

It’s no surprise that DiPuglia, the Nationals’ assistant GM…

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