The Colorado Rockies have come to terms with the highly touted and well known outfielder Michael Cuddyer.
The deal is estimated at 3 years for $30 million.
Cuddyer is coming off a season where he hit a solid .284 with 20 homeruns as well as driving in 70 runs, a very good season to say the least. He is 32, bringing a veteran presence to a team in dire need of a strong leader after coming off of a disappointing 73-89 record.
Cuddyer has been with the Twins since 1997 when he was drafted in the first round with the 9th pick.
He was also be highly pursued by the surging Phillies and the rebuilding Seattle Mariners. The Rockies cleared room for Cuddyer by trading established closer Huston Street to the Padres and young third basemen Ian Stewart to the Cubs, who was in need of a change of scenery.
Another great thing he brings to the Rockies is his versatility. Cuddyer is similar to Tampa Bay Rays player Ben Zobrist. Both can play multiple positions at a very high level. Cuddyer has played third base, second base, first base, as well as both corner outfield positions, increasing his value to the team. This is a trait that intrigues general manger Dan O’Dowd and manager Jim Tracy. With the addition of Cuddyer the Rockies are hopeful of regaining their swagger and returning to the World Series.