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Josh Willingham headed to Twins

Posted on: December 13, 2011 6:10 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2011 4:22 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


The Minnesota Twins has signed free agent outfielder Josh Willingham, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has confirmed. The deal, which is pending a physical, has been reported to be three years for $21 million by the Star Tribune.

The Twins preferred to have free agent Michael Cuddyer return to the club and were reportedly offering him a three-year, $25 million contract, but Cuddyer was initially seeking three years, $36 million -- reports CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler -- and has lowered his asking price to three years and $30 million.

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Still, the Twins seem content to move on to Willingham as talks did not progress to their liking with Cuddyer.

Willingham, 32, hit .246/.332/.477 with 29 homers, 98 RBI and 26 doubles in 136 games last season for the A's.

The Twins still have several decisions to make with their outfield -- and designated hitter spot, for that matter -- so it's unclear exactly where what the depth chart looks like. That being said, Willingham will absolutely be an everyday starter, probably in left field. Ben Revere, Denard Span (long rumored in trade talks) are already on hand. At DH, the Twins can use some combination of Justin Morneau, Ryan Doumit and Joe Mauer -- whichever of the three isn't playing the field -- or even Willingham. Jason Kubel is a free agent.

As for Cuddyer, as has previously been mentioned by Heyman, the Rockies have interest in him as well as Carlos Beltran. With the Twins off the board for Cuddyer, it would seem Cuddyer now needs to turn to Colorado. And the Rockies may just get to choose between the two. We'll see.

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Comments

Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Josh Willingham headed to Twins

Congrats to Josh.  It will be nice to have a home for a few years in the same place.  The money is long over due and well-deserved.  I know too many guys making too much, so this signing makes me smile.



Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Josh Willingham headed to Twins

Then why do former players of color always come out after they leave Boston and say that the fans are racist, clown?

You idiots cheered for Scalabrine like he was the second coming of Bill Russell.

Shut up, kiddo.


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Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 3:42 pm
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Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:25 pm
 

Josh Willingham appears headed to Twins

For me...a Twins fan, if you can get Cuddyer a this new asking price of 3 years @ 30 million you do it.  I don't want Willingham as his replacement.  Both Cuddyer and Kubel are free agents...lets say they let Kubel move on and if they would re-sign Cuddyer all they have to fill is that DH spot.  Cuddyer is a valuable commodity as he can play anywhere in the outfield, solid at first and has also played elsewhere in the infield.  (He even pitched an inning this year)...

I don't see Morneau ever getting back to his former self so you immediately have Cuddyer who could transition seamlessly to 1st.  He's great in the clubhouse and I think he clearly would have those 3 years as a more than solid and reliable option for the Twins.  Can't wait to get Morneau's inflated contract gone, Mauer needs a comeback year...

This team under the brief Bill Smith reign made all the wrong moves, Terry Ryan who is now again in charge(for how long, who knows) was always competitive and made the right decisions when it came to personnel...I think they need to make the right deicsion here and re-sign Cuddyer. 

 




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:23 pm
 

Josh Willingham appears headed to Twins

Right. Because skin color had EVERYTHING to do with why he couldn't hit, and seemed to lose his speed and his defense last year. You are an idiot.



Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:27 am
 

Josh Willingham appears headed to Twins

The only way to make him comfortable in Boston is to somehow turn his skin white.



Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 7:10 pm
 

Josh Willingham appears headed to Twins

The Sox should open up the bank account and sign him as a free agent.  He's a sorely needed righthanded bat that they really need in the line up and in right field.  They could then trade Kalish or Reddick ( both lefties with talent) and acquire some much needed pitching.  They also need to square away Carl Crawford and find a spot in the lineup that works for him and the team.  I read in The Boston Globe that Crawford probably had some vision issues during the season.  If so hopefully those get corrected in the offseason.  If he was simply uncomfortable then Booby V and Ben C need to reach out to him and make him comfortable in heart of RedSox Nation! 


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