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MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins officially announced the signing of outfielder Josh Willingham on Thursday to a three-year, 21 million contract.
Willingham, 32, played 136 games for Oakland last season, his eighth year in the majors. He batted .246 with a .332 on-base percentage and set career highs in home runs (29) and RBI (98). He also spent five seasons with the Florida Marlins and two with the Washington Nationals in 2009 and 2010. He's a career .262 hitter with a .361 career OBP.
Reports that the Twins and Willingham agreed to a deal first circulated Tuesday.
With 21 million tied up in Willingham over the next three seasons, it likely means the Twins won't be able to afford right fielder Michael Cuddyer. The team reportedly had a three-year, 24 million offer on the table for Cuddyer, but it's now unlikely that Minnesota will re-sign Cuddyer. Both Cuddyer and Willingham will be 33 before the start of next season.
Cuddyer was named to the American League All-Star team last season for the first time in his 11-year career. He finished 2011 with 20 homers, 70 RBI and a .284 average. He was one of Minnesota's most durable - and versatile - players, participating in 139 games. He and third baseman Danny Valencia were the only two players in the opening day lineup to avoid the disabled list last season.
Cuddyer has played most of his career in right field but moved around the diamond a bit the past several years. When Justin Morneau suffered injuries that limited his playing time in 2009-11, Cuddyer filled in admirably for Morneau times at first base. Cuddyer also played a handful of games at second base, and even pitched one scoreless inning this year against Texas.
If Cuddyer - a Type A free agent - signs with another team, Minnesota would receive two draft picks. There's a good chance the Willingham signing also means the end of Jason Kubel's time as a Twin. Kubel is a Type B free agent, meaning Minnesota would receive one draft pick if he signs elsewhere.
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Outfielder Josh Willingham and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $21 million, three-year contract.
The Twins announced the deal shortly after Willingham passed a physical on Thursday. The 32-year-old should bring some much-needed pop to the middle of the batting order. He hit .246 with a career-high 29 homers and 98 RBIs for the Oakland Athletics last season.
The Twins were...
The Minnesota Twins welcomed former A's outfielder Josh Willingham to the team Thursday, a move that could prompt Michael Cuddyer's departure. Willingham agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract, giving the Twins a...
The Minnesota Twins have finalized their contract with free agent Josh Willingham, signing him to a three-year, $21 million deal on Thursday.
This plugs a nice gaping hole in the Twins outfield since they made the unbelievably brilliant move of trading Delmon Young to the Detroit Tigers last season. Furthermore, Michael Cuddyer can't make up his mind on whether to stay or...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Outfielder Josh Willingham and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $21 million, three-year contract.
It wasn’t dire for the Minnesota Twins to re-sign Michael Cuddyer. Instead of bringing back the former first round pick, the Twins have reportedly agreed to a deal with Josh Willingham. Terry Ryan can talk all he wants, but Willingham’s signing seems to indicate that Cuddyer will have to find a new team this off-season. While fans might be upset about losing one of their longest...
Outfielder Josh Willingham and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $21 million, three-year contract. The Twins announced the deal shortly after Willingham passed a physical on Thursday. The 32-year-old should bring some much-needed pop to the middle of the batting order. He hit .246 with a career-high 29 homers and 98 RBIs for the Oakland Athletics last season.
Josh Willingham is a better bargain than Michael Cuddyer, and the Twins might still have room in their projected budget to keep Jason Kubel, too.
By DAVE CAMPBELL,
AP Sports Writer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan says the team has not ended contract talks with free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer, amid discussions with his potential replacement, Josh Willingham.
Ryan said Wednesday that "nobody is backed into a corner here." Cuddyer has been with the organization since he was a...
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Minnesota Twins and free agent outfielder Josh Willingham are close to a deal.
Jordan Bastian of MLB.com adds that the Indians are still a possible contender for Willingham, but there is no official deal on the table.
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