2012 MLB Free Agents: Rockies Sign Michael Cuddyer

In an expected turn of events, the Colorado Rockies have announced that they’re nearing a deal with free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer.  According to MLB.com, the Rockies are putting the “final touches” on Cuddyer’s new three-year, $31.5 million contract.

The Rockies have been in search of an outfielder all offseason.  After Josh Willingham signed with the Twins, Colorado reportedly narrowed their search to two players, Cuddyer and Carlos Beltran.

Cuddyer was known to be seeking three-years and at least $30 million this winter, and it became evident over the last couple of days that the Rockies were the only team willing to grant the 32-year-old such a deal.

Minnesota, where Cuddyer had spent his entire professional career, was rumored to still be in the market for the veteran even after bringing in Willingham.  The Mariners, Reds and Phillies were also tied to Cuddyer this offseason.

Last season, Cuddyer was the Twins best offensive player.  Over his 139 games, Cuddyer hit .284/.346/.459 with 29 doubles, 20 home runs and 70 RBI’s.

Over his 11 seasons with the Twins, Cuddyer has hit at a clip of .272/.343/.451.  In 2009, Cuddyer posted an OPS of .862, tallying 34 doubles, 32 home runs and 94 RBI’s.

What made Cuddyer even more attractive this offseason to his prospective suitors was his versatility.  Last season for the Twins, Cuddyer lined up at first and second base, right field and designated hitter.  Cuddyer even got an inning of work in out of Minnesota’s pen in 2011.

On top of his ability, Cuddyer is considered by most around the sport to be a great clubhouse guy.

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