In the last two seasons, Minnesota's Michael Cuddyer has started at six different positions and hit .296/.372/.467 with 13 home runs while doing it. He's also free agent after this season and with the Twins in fourth place in the American League Central, it's no surprise his name is being bandied about in trade rumors.
That said, a Twins official told Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the team wouldn't trade Cuddyer even if the Twins fall further out of contention. Minnesota entered Sunday's game against the Royals six games behind the Indians, five games back of the Tigers and two behind the White Sox.
Cuddyer, 32, is the longest-tenured Twin, coming up with the team at the end of the 2001 season when he was 22.
"I have no say or no control over [trades], so I feel like I've done a pretty good job of just being able to focus and go out and play," Cuddyer told Christensen. "Especially now that we're getting back into this thing, I'd like to think we're going to go after it."For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.