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Jim Thome recruits Michael Cuddyer to join him on Phillies

Nov 7, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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After signing a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the Phillies last week Jim Thome talked to fellow free agent and former Twins teammate Michael Cuddyer about joining him in Philadelphia.

Various reports have the Phillies strongly pursuing Cuddyer and Thome told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that he tried to help the cause with his own recruiting pitch:

We’ve texted a little bit. We’ve talked. … Look, every player that sees the way the Phillies have done things over the last seven or eight years, they’ve set the bar very, very high. Guys around baseball would love to come here. When you win, you create a lot of good things.

Asked specifically if Cuddyer expressed interest in signing with the Phillies, he replied “I can’t answer that” and then added “I’m sure we’ll talk going forward.”

Cuddyer reportedly turned down a two-year, $16 million extension offer from the Twins in September and now seems likely to get at least twice that much money on the open market despite being a Type A free agent for whom teams would have to surrender a first-round draft pick to sign.

  1. SmackSaw - Nov 7, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Phillies can’t afford him. They’re one of the nine teams in violation of the MLB debt service rules.

    In addition to the Dodgers and Mets, the teams out of compliance are the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Florida Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals, according to the people, none of whom were authorized to disclose the information.

    • halladaysbiceps - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:20 AM

      You’re joking, right? I am all familiar with the story that came out earlier this year about this MLB debt rule nonsense. MLB has no concern whatsoever with the Phillies and their ability to make money. It’s a temporary issue.

      The Phillies print money in that stadium. They have the money to sign whoever they want.

    • phillyphreak - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:20 AM

      Isn’t his old news? Also, this means they can’t afford him how?

      I don’t want them to afford him for 10 million a year, but it hardly seems like the league will do anything to successful (recently) franchises like the Phillies and Rangers.

    • jeffhink - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:23 AM

      That’s really old news. If it hasn’t been handled already, it doesn’t prevent those teams from signing free agents. It also doesn’t impact their budgets further than how ownership allows it.

      • SmackSaw - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:51 AM

        I saw ‘Phillies’ and thought I’d post the Debt Service nonsense to get you stirred up ‘biceps. Just trollin’ like a doo-da man.

  2. sknut - Nov 7, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    If Cuddy is going to get 3-4 years at 8-10 mill per, I hope the Twins let him walk. I love him as a player and person but thats too much for team that has enough question marks. Collect the draft picks and move on.

  3. Francisco (FC) - Nov 7, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Isn’t the title a bit misleading? The way it reads the verb looks like it’s in the past tense… until Cuddyer actually signs something Thome hasn’t actually recruited anybody. In any case it doesn’t sound like he’ll have that much more influence than say… Brad Lidge texting Roy Oswalt in 2010.

    • gb4ever0811 - Nov 7, 2011 at 5:23 PM

      I thought the same thing. I was looking for the contract deal.

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