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Josh Willingham deal likely to start chain reaction

Dec 13, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

Michael Cuddyer AP

The outfield market could start unfolding quickly now with the news that Josh Willingham is about to become a Minnesota Twin.

- Michael Cuddyer, who had been the Twins’ preference, appears likely to join the Rockies. Minnesota offered their veteran the three-year deal he desired, but it seems that last season’s experience was bad enough to give him doubts about re-signing. Cuddyer will probably put up better numbers than Willingham next year, but that will be all about the ballparks: Minnesota is getting the superior hitter out of this deal.

- The Rockies are also in on Carlos Beltran, but they’ve been much more aggressive in their pursuit of Cuddyer. Beltran has slipped through the cracks, even though he offers a much better glove than either Cuddyer or Willingham and greater offensive upside as well. Of course, the issue there is his history of knee problems. He’ll still probably get a higher annual salary than Cuddyer or Willingham, but he may have to choose between a one-year deal with a contender or a two-year deal from a lesser team. St. Louis, Boston, Texas and Detroit are candidates to get involved.

- Only once that trio is off the board will names like Cody Ross and Ryan Ludwick start to become attractive. The A’s and Mariners will rifle through the bargain bin looking for a starting outfielder. The Red Sox might as well.

- Of course, there is still one prize out there in the form of Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes. Complicating things there is that he’s not yet officially a free agent and eligible to sign. Detroit and Miami look like the early favorites to land the 26-year-old, who would slide right into a major league outfield in either center or right.

  1. xxakshunxx - Dec 13, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    Beltran is done for the most part.. He would be perfect off the bench or splitting time with someone but if he gets signed as a starter he’ll be overplayed and it’s easy to see him miss a good amount of games

    • dwrek5 - Dec 13, 2011 at 8:32 PM

      Done? He played 142 games last season with a 300/385/525 line. Thats much better production than any OF left.

    • paperlions - Dec 13, 2011 at 8:34 PM

      Yeah, he was horrible last year…except that he put up better offensive stats than Pujols….must have been extreme natural variation though, because, you know, he’s done.

  2. Old Gator - Dec 13, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Detroit and Florida? Old habits die…hard.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Dec 13, 2011 at 8:46 PM

      Whoops. Yeah. I’ll be doing that for at least the next couple of years.

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