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Josh Willingham is in Minnesota for his pre-signing physical

Dec 14, 2011, 11:22 PM EDT

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The Twins have refused to acknowledge that they are close to a three-year, $21 million contract agreement with outfielder Josh Willingham. But all indications point to the deal being just about complete.

According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Willingham arrived in Minnesota on Wednesday for his pre-signing physical — a process that will carry into Thursday. If he passes, the Twins will likely make things official on Thursday night.

Willingham, 32, batted .246/.332/.477 with 29 home runs and 98 RBI in 136 games this past year for the A’s. The Twins are expected to start him in left field.

  1. mytownsaves - Dec 15, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    3 years $7million per congrats Josh maybe Carlos Pena should hire your agent.

  2. rgledz - Dec 15, 2011 at 8:03 AM

    There is no way they put him in left field. Span will be in left, Revere will be in center, Willingham in right replacing Cuddy. No way they put Span in right, he’s the superior outfielder

    • hansob - Dec 15, 2011 at 8:14 AM

      Revere SHOULD be in center, but I think they’ll put him in left and Span in center. One of those veteran respect things.

      • Tim OShenko - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:12 AM

        Also, Revere has a MUCH weaker arm. Sure, he can cover a little more ground than Span, but if the ball hits the ground before Revere gets to it, it’s off to the races for any baserunners.

      • wlschneider09 - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:30 AM

        Revere has a much weaker arm than Span? Wow. Span’s arm isn’t good in the first place.

      • dluxxx - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:31 AM

        Span has the better arm, and similar range. I’m not familiar with Willingham’s arm, but I know as a Twins fan I’ll miss Cuddy’s cannon. I like this move, and think the Twins made the right decision, but I’m not seeing a plus arm in our corners, so although the D should get to more balls, they will also be throwing out less runners. It’ll be interesting to see how that plays out for them.

        Besides, Willingham can’t be a worse defender than Delmon Young, can he? I sure hope not…

      • wlschneider09 - Dec 15, 2011 at 11:15 AM

        Based on what I saw out of Willingham when I watched him here in DC he’s a better OF than Delmon, but not on par with Cuddy, particularly in right. From what I saw, you really really want Willingham in LF, or at DH. Maybe he’s gotten better, he made the adjustment to OF after coming to the majors.

    • dluxxx - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:33 AM

      Also meant to say I’m not sure how the OF will play out, but I wouldn’t be suprised to see Willingham in LF.

  3. azvikefan - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Gonna miss Cuddy for sure. I was hoping he would be another Twins lifer like Kirby and Hrbek.
    I’m old school and really miss the days when a player stayed on one team.

  4. rgledz - Dec 15, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    @Tim Oshenko….
    Do you want the guy with the weaker arm making a throw to 3rd from centerfield or from the right field corner? Span is a good centerfielder, but he doesn’t have the reckless abandon that Revere has. Revere sacrifices the body like Torii and Puck used to. That’s the guy you want in center. He’s faster than Denard and gets a better jump too. Denard is the better hitter.

    • Tim OShenko - Dec 15, 2011 at 4:38 PM

      Ideally, Revere would be a backup outfielder. He has speed, great glove work, and it’s fun to watch him crash into the walls to snag potential home run balls, but his bat and his arm are both liabilities. Of course, given the Twins’ current situation, it’s pretty much a given he’ll be a starter, so I’d say put him in left field and convert Willingham to a RF. In left field, Revere would at least have an outside chance of holding a runner on second.

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