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Twins offer Cuddyer two-year contract

Posted on: August 5, 2011 10:06 pm
 
By Evan Brunell

CuddyerMichael Cuddyer was recently offered a two-year deal to stay in Minnesota for $16 million, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Cuddyer is completing a three-year, $24 million deal inked in January 2008 that included a club option for 2011 at $10.5 million, which works out to roughly $8.62 million in annual salary. The extension would be a pay cut, but Cuddyer is no spring chicken at age 32. Still, the right-hander could do much better than that deal in free agency. Reports say that the contract offer was put off by Cuddyer, who would prefer to focus on a postseason push and worry about the contract after the year.

Both GM Bill Smith and Cuddyer declined to discuss the rumor. It's not the first time that the two sides have broached contract talks, with the outfielder's agent, Casey Close, attempting to start up talks in the offseason. He was rebuffed, largely because Cuddyer was coming off a down year and proving to be inconsistent, which he's displayed this season as well. His .271/.336/.417 mark in 2010 didn't inspire optimism, although his .276/.342/.520 line the season before did. Cuddyer has alternated great seasons, good seasons and lousy seasons over the last several seasons, making it tough to judge his value.

But 18 home runs and a .301/.370/.494 mark in 2011 makes Cuddyer plenty valuable, especially since he can cover the outfield and infield corner positions plus second base and can even play center in a pinch. He will have plenty of interest from teams after the season, so Minnesota will have to improve upon its offer to keep Cuddyer, although the longtime Twin has indicated a desire to stay with the team.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:15 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Twins offer Cuddyer two-year contract

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2011 12:57 am
 

Twins offer Cuddyer two-year contract

Yeah, the Twins wouldnt want to pay the only player that has actually produced for them in 2011. They're too busy paying Mauer (23 million) and  Morneau (15 million) to hit about 20 combined homeruns over the 100 or so games they play every year. Now that's a bargain. 


Even though I already said I don't think Cuddyer is worth more money then he's currently making, I have to agree with what you said. The Twins have some terrible contracts.  Overpaying to keep Cuddyer actually makes sense compared to the Mauer and Morneau deals they agreed to. 




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 6, 2011 2:13 am
 

Twins offer Cuddyer two-year contract

Regardless of how much of a team guy he is or how nice he is period, he doesn't deserve more then 8 million per season for 2 years.  The guy is having a better year so far then he normally has but he's only been over 100 rbi's once and 90 one other time.  He's a career 270 hitter.  He's a good player but 16 million for 2 years is more then fair.



Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: August 6, 2011 1:05 am
 

Twins offer Cuddyer two-year contract

jaynybs - Cuddy is having agreat year, even seems to produce in clutch situations some now, but much of the past he has been horrible under pressure. Still, I would like him to stay.



Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: August 6, 2011 1:04 am
 

Twins offer Cuddyer two-year contract

HRs aren't the only judge of value. How superficial.



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2011 12:24 am
 

Twins offer Cuddyer two-year contract

Michael Cuddyer has been great this year, and thats with moving back and forth between positions doing whatever the team needs and asks.  The Twins need to open up the check book a little more and reward him.  In fairness to the Minnesota Twins organization he is only a career .273 hitter who has hit for over 20 homeruns 3 times in his career, assuming he does it this year sitting on 18 after today.  I am not sure they are in a position to reward guys or be loyal with Morneau's big contract and Mauers.  They are in a tough spot.



Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: August 6, 2011 12:15 am
 

Twins offer Cuddyer two-year contract

I know the Yanks would give him big money and send Posada off into the sunset.  



Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 11:35 pm
 

Twins offer Cuddyer two-year contract

He's making 10 million dollars this your and you're impressed that he buys mattresses for homeless shelters? Call me when he donates money to build a homeless shelter. I can buy mattresses for a shelter for pete's sake.


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