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Report: Twins have offered Michael Cuddyer $25 million for three years

Dec 6, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

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All along the thinking has been that Michael Cuddyer wants to a) stay with the Twins and b) land a three-year deal. According to Jon Heyman, the Twins have done their part, offering the right-handed-hitting outfielder a cool $25 million through 2014. Cuddyer, though, has yet to accept.

With Cuddyer’s return in limbo, the Twins are talking to their backup option, Josh Willingham. Willingham offers a better bet, but he’s not so versatile and he comes with durability concerns. Willingham, likewise, wants a three-year deal, and while he’s a better bet than Cuddyer to be productive in 2014, his history of back problems would make him a risky signing for three years.

One would think Cuddyer will end up accepting the Twins’ offer if $25 million is really where there at. His preference for Minnesota has never seemed like an act, and it’s not as though his market is all that strong. The Phillies pursued him at first, but they’ve backed off, and while a lot of people have tried to propose the Red Sox as a match, it’s doubtful Boston would give him that kind of contract.

  1. 78mu - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Few of us offered 25 million for the next three years would have to think about it. It must be nice to be a MLB player.

    • dnc6 - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:13 PM

      Few of us bring in 8 million a year in revenue to our employer. Sounds like an all-around fair deal to me.

      • 78mu - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:41 PM

        I agree. But it is still hard to imagine any of us having to think that the worst we will do in the next three years is get paid 25 million for less than 9 months work.

  2. cur68 - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Whatever the Twins do just make sure if they really want Cuddyer they check his feet first. Any warts found on those flippers should see money adjusted accordingly.

  3. trevorb06 - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    This is why I’m changing my rooting interest to the Jays next year.

    Also Matt, it’s THEIR not THERE
    “One would think Cuddyer will end up accepting the Twins’ offer if $25 million is really where there at.”

    I miss Craig.

    • trevorb06 - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:43 AM

      Wow, I, too, am dumb. It’s They’re.

      *Hangs head in shame*

      • cur68 - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:59 AM

        Since you’ve decided to change your allegiance to the Beaver Men please accept your free Dion-Bieber gift pack (available in Vegas year round) and this link to a handy translator for using Canadian French terms for things:

        Now, when in doubt, you ca hide potentially embarrassing mistakes under a camouflage of accents, inflections and backwards sentences.
        Excellente idée, vous ne pensez pas? Bienvenue à bord. Ajustez votre enthousiasme fanboy de “Jose Bautista”, s’il vous plaît.

      • trevorb06 - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:59 PM

        I live in Minnesoooootaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah ya know derrr. I already have an accent. Minnesotans poke fun at my accent even.

    • puck4ever - Dec 6, 2011 at 1:05 PM

      If you want to correct somebody’s writing, get it right. It is they’re as in “really where they are at”.

  4. uyf1950 - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    As of right now it looks like the Twins are willing to go to battle in the 2012 season with pretty much the same team that lost 99 games and finished 32 games back of the Tigers in 2011.

    • JBerardi - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:51 AM

      They’re delusional.

      • wlschneider09 - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:50 PM

        I’m not sure they are actually delusional. They’re bad. They know they’re bad. They’re willing to live with it to save money.

    • azvikefan - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:40 PM

      I’m afraid you are correct 1950. As much as it disapoints me, The Twins do this every year.

      • meteor32 - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:59 PM

        I don’t see how you can complain about them doing this every year when they’ve made the playoffs 6 out of the last 10 seasons and it was almost 7 as they lost a play in game against the White Sox in 2008. That ties them with the Angels, Red Sox, and Cardinals. Only the Yankees have been in the playoffs more in the last decade.

    • trevorb06 - Dec 6, 2011 at 1:22 PM

      Twin’s fans, make sure you grab a glass of the Kool-Aid on your left as you enter. It’ll make this all easier.

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