MINNEAPOLIS - Josh Willingham had several options, but the free-agent outfielder felt he was most wanted in Minnesota.
Despite offers from several teams, Willingham narrowed his choices to the Cincinnati Reds and the Twins. In the end, it was an easy choice, he said.
"The one thing I can say about the Twins is they expressed interest from the time that they could have. I felt wanted there," Willingham said on a conference call Friday. "I felt like the Twins really wanted me, and you look at their organization - I talked to several players that were familiar with the organization, and everybody said great things about it from top to bottom. That was a big factor."
The Twins officially announced the addition of the 32-year-old Willingham on Thursday, when he signed a three-year, 21 million contract with Minnesota. Willingham 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) a...