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Twins not interested in trading Michael Cuddyer, but Giants called anyway

Jul 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Earlier this week Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the Twins have no interest in trading Michael Cuddyer and in fact want to re-sign the impending free agent, but that hasn’t stopped other teams from inquiring about his availability.

According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News the Giants expressed interest in Cuddyer with the intention of playing him at second base, but were rebuffed by the Twins and quickly moved on to acquire Jeff Keppinger from the Astros for a pair of prospects.

It’s unclear exactly how far any discussions with Minnesota advanced, but general manager Brian Sabean admitted that he’d been working on “something bigger” before picking up Keppinger.

As a good but not great 32-year-old making $10.5 million on the verge of free agency Cuddyer is exactly the type of player most sub-.500 teams should be looking to cash in for future value at the trade deadline, but because the division is so weak the Twins aren’t like most sub-.500 teams. With that said, not trading Cuddyer for long-term help could be a missed opportunity if the Twins fall out of contention and re-signing him for similar money would be very dangerous.

  1. sknut - Jul 20, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    From a baseball perspective trading Cuddyer makes sense, but he means so much to the team that I think they couldn’t bring themselves to that point unless the next 10 days go really bad. It reminds me of when they traded Castillo a few years ago, the veterans weren’t happy with that move and wouldn’t be happy if they traded Cuddy.

  2. thumbsjohnson - Jul 20, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    With the love the Twins have for Cuddyer, just like sknut said, unless the waters get really dicey and officialy sink the Twins wooden raft…he will stay this season and be overpaid this offseason. With the choice of re-signing Kubel or Cuddyer..Twins will watch Kubel head out of town.

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