The Colorado Rockies have officially signed outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a three-year contract, reportedly worth about $30 million, according to ESPN.com.
Cuddyer, 32, had played the entirety of his career with the Minnesota Twins. The All-Star outfielder was also believed to have been offered a three-year, $25 million contract by the Twins in early December. Minnesota, however, signed outfielder Josh Willingham to a three-year, $21 million contract on Thursday, all but ensuring Cuddyer’s departure.
Willingham, also 32, hit .262/.371/.475 with 29 home runs and 98 RBI, compared to Cuddyer’s .284/.346/.459 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI. Cuddyer will now provide support in the lineup to stars Todd Helton, Carlos Gonzalez, and Troy Tulowitzki.