A day after the Minnesota Twins signed free agent outfielder Josh Willingham to a three-year deal, Michael Cuddyer has made his decision. He's leaving Minnesota after 15 years in the organization to play for the Colorado Rockies.
The two sides agreed to a three-year, $31.5 million contract Friday, bringing a veteran bat to the lineup and a cannon of an arm to the outfield. Seriously, no one runs on Michael Cuddyer, and if they do, they are sorely mistaken. And out. A first time All-Star in 2011, the right fielder hit .284 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI last season, and had a .988 fielding percentage.
Cuddyer's contract is the first significant amount of dough the Rockies have shelled out since back in 2000 when they brought in Mike Hampton (that name always cracks us up) and Denny Neagle for a combined $172 million.
Marea and I have had the opportunity to interview him a few times regarding his honorable charity work with Major League Baseball, and we'll miss doing that here in Minnesota. Another person we miss is Harmon Killebrew, who sneaked into one of our Q & A's with Cuddles a couple years ago:
At least now he can teach his brand new baby twins how to ski rather than ice fish.