Michael Cuddyer likes his new environs

Longtime Twin ready for new challenge as well as playing in new league with Rockies

Updated: March 2, 2012, 8:08 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Colorado Rockies were looking to add an established middle-of-the-order bat and a stabilizing influence to their roster when they signed longtime Minnesota Twins fixture Michael Cuddyer to a three-year, $31.5 million deal in December.

General manager Dan O'Dowd knew he was acquiring a dedicated professional, respected teammate and a prince of a guy. Little did he realize that he had also snagged the King of Hearts.

Cuddyer's production and versatility ...

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