Michael Cuddyer, Rockies agree
The contract is reportedly worth about $30 million.
SweetSpot: Not The Answer
Michael Cuddyer is a nice player, can play right field or first base or second or third in a pinch, has some power and is apparently a great guy. But he's hardly the fix the Rockies need, David Schoenfield writes. Blog
Cuddyer, 32, is a career .272 hitter in 11 seasons with the Minnesota Twins. He hit .284 with 20 homers in 2011.
He brings a big bat and a veteran presence to Colorado, where general manager Dan O'Dowd has talked about changing the clubhouse culture after a disappointing 2011 season.
Cuddyer was Minnesota's first-round choice and the ninth overall pick in the 1997 draft. He became expendable when the Twins signed outfielder Josh Willingham to a three-year, $21 million deal earlier this week.
Cuddyer has played first base, second base, third base and both corner outfield spots in the majors, so he gives Colorado manager Jim Tracy the luxury of using him at multiple positions. His arrival also means Seth Smith could return to a reserve role or serve as trade bait.
Jerry Crasnick is a senior baseball writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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