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Rockies making “aggressive push” for Michael Cuddyer

Dec 12, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

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Colorado’s interest in Michael Cuddyer has been well known all offseason and now they’re stepping up their pursuit of the free agent outfielder, with Ken Rosenthal of reporting that the Rockies are making an “aggressive push.”

Cuddyer is said to have a three-year offer on the table from Minnesota worth around $25 million and it wouldn’t be surprising if the Twins were willing to go at least a little higher.

Whether or not that would be a sound decision by the Twins is another issue, of course, because if they were to let Cuddyer walk and sign Josh Willingham to replace him as a right-handed bat in the middle of the lineup Minnesota would gain two first-round picks in the switch. And might end up with the better player, too.

Because of changes in the collective bargaining agreement the Rockies wouldn’t lose a draft pick for signing Cuddyer, who’s spent his entire professional career with the Twins and hit .284 with 20 homers and an .805 OPS in 139 games this year at age 32.

  1. Jonny 5 - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    I’m just relieved this didn’t begin with “Phillies”. I’d rather rely on John Mayberry Jr. for a half million dollars. Which is about 7.5 million dollars less than M.C. will get.

  2. JBerardi - Dec 12, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Yeah. When you finish 21 games out, what you really want to do is add an expensive, aging platoon guy to a long term deal. Huh?

  3. bkunza - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    How exactly is Cuddyer a platoon player? He was as everyday as you can get with the Twins.

    • Tim OShenko - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:10 PM

      If Gardy had any sense, Cuddyer would be a platoon guy. Dude is helpless against righties. But yeah, you’re right, he was out there pretty much everyday, even when injured.

      • wlschneider09 - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:56 PM

        I guess we’re just going to bash Cuddyer up and down cause he’s been around too long. He’s not a platoon player, he’s not helpless vs. righties (.272/.321/.407 last year, similar for career) and he’s not actually any worse than Willingham despite what minor differences Aaron wants to highlight. In fact if you did any sort of stringent statistical analysis I’d wager Cuddy and Will are pretty near identical (real statistics, not baseball statistics).

        Is he too expensive, yes, that could be argued. That should be the logic in play here. Don’t insist on change simply for the sake of change.

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