It's been known that the Minnesota Twins want to bring back outfielder Michael Cuddyer, and now Jon Heyman of SI.com is reporting that the Twins have offered him a three-year, $25 million deal. Heyman adds that while the Twins prefer Cuddyer, they've looked into fellow free agent Josh Willingham as a possible back-up plan.
Cuddyer, 32, had a nice year for the Twins in 2011, but he's really been up and down throughout his career. All one needs to do is look at his WAR marks for 2007 through 2011: 2.5, 0.0, 2.8, 0.8, 3.1. He's essentially alternated between being a slightly above average regular and a slightly above replacement level player for the past five years.
Obviously, that makes Minnesota's offer to Cuddyer awfully big, but the reality is that most teams view him in a more positive light than WAR does. Most of that can be attributed to defense, too, as teams seem to value his versatility even though he's not really good at playing any position.
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