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Josh Willingham deciding between the Indians and Twins

Dec 11, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

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On Saturday night, free agent outfielder Josh Willingham was said to be deciding between offers from the Twins, Indians, Rockies and Mariners.

Now, according to Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 in Cleveland, he’s down to Minnesota and Cleveland.

Willingham batted .246/.332/.477 with 29 homers, 26 doubles and 98 RBI in 563 plate appearances this past season for the A’s while earning $6 million.

The 32-year-old corner outfielder represents one of the best remaining bats on the open market this winter. He is thought to be seeking a three-year contract.

  1. shawnuel - Dec 11, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Well, as a Mariner fan that makes me happy for two reasons. 1.) From 2005 to 2010, Willingham posted a walk rate of 11.6% and a strikeout rate of 19.7%. Last year, he posted a walk rate of 9.9% and a strikeout rate of 26.6%, plus he is 33 years old. Definite signs of regression. 2.) There was no way they were going to be able to sign Willingham AND Fielder so maybe this implies some headway in negotiations between Seattle and Boras.

    • mmason0071 - Dec 11, 2011 at 9:03 PM

      I don’t think our M’s can afford to be so picky. Our current OF choices consist of guys who stink and guys who stink really bad. Willingham’s production could drop significantly and he would still be the offensive star of the lineup. Getting Fielder is a pipe dream. No way the ownership puts out that kind of money for a non-Japanese player.

  2. Ben - Dec 11, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    He hits homeruns, not really the Twins’ type.

  3. kopy - Dec 11, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    I really hope the Twins lock this guy up. He’s always good for above-average OPS+ numbers and should be able to contribute. They can let Cuddyer walk and take the picks. 2.5 years isn’t too long to have him around. I don’t see why they wouldn’t be able to move him at the 2014 deadline to a winning team looking for a bat if they wanted to.

    • wlschneider09 - Dec 12, 2011 at 8:44 AM

      Haven’t we already been over this? Willingham is no better than Cuddy, no worse. He’s no savior.

  4. foreverchipper10 - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    He wants to be a Twindian.

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