The Colorado Rockies are the "strong favorite" to sign veteran outfielder Michael Cuddyer, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post.
Renck reports that the Rockies have made a final offer "believed to be three years, $27 million" to lure the free agent to Denver instead of losing him to the Phillies or Mariners, both of whom reportedly have expressed interest. The 32-year-old Cuddyer has spent his entire 11-year career with the Minnesota Twins. In 2011, he put up .284/.346/.459, but the reasons he appeals to the Rockies have less to do with stats and more to do with intangibles. Cuddyer can play the outfield, first base, or third base spots, and he brings veteran leadership and playoff experience to Denver; according to Renck, those last attributes are especially important to Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd.