Monday, August 29, 2011

Rockies want Cuddyer in offseason

The Denver Post is reporting that the Rockies will take a hard look at adding a veteran player at either third base or in the outfield. The top player on their list is current Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer. If Cuddyer is available after the season, the Rockies will push hard to make him a fixture in their line-up.

The Rockies were expected to make some noise in the National League West this season. But like the Twins, Colorado has struggled in multiple facets of the game. Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez are the two biggest offensive threats for the Rockies and they could use some help around them if the team is planning on returning to winning baseball.

The Twins are going to make a hard push to keep Cuddyer in the Twin Cities. Their first offer to Cuddyer seemed like a slap in the face to the veteran do-it-all player for the Twins. The team offered him a contract for two years with a salary of $16 million. Some have speculated that he could get a four year contract at $40 million on the open market. If that is offered to Cuddyer, the Twins might have to part ways with a player that has become a fan favorite.

Cuddyer has made it be known that he would like to end his career in a Twins uniform. At the end of his career, it might be tough to keep him around but at his current ability level he could still be a very valuable asset to the Twins.

My hope is the team can come to terms with Cuddyer for a three year contract for a total value of $27 million. Obviously, that could be considered a hometown discount but Cuddyer knows the Twins need to add other parts to be successful in the next couple seasons.

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