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Updated: December 16th, 2011 9:43am
Report: Michael Cuddyer agrees to 3-year, $31.5M deal with Rockies

Report: Michael Cuddyer agrees to 3-year, $31.5M deal with Rockies

by Phil Mackey
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The drama has apparently come to an end.

According to multiple reports, free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer has agreed to terms with the Colorado Rockies on a three-year, $31.5 million contract.

The Twins' offer to Cuddyer at last week's winter meetings sat on the table for more than 10 days, and eventually the team went forward with Plan B -- Josh Willingham. General manager Terry Ryan classified the negotiations with Cuddyer and Willingham as "sensitive" in a conference call Friday.

The $31.5 million over three years is considerably more than the reported three-year, $25 million contract the Twins offered, but Cuddyer's reasons for leaving reach far beyond money.

In 11 seasons with the Twins, Cuddyer posted a .272/.343/.451 batting line with 141 home runs and 580 RBIs in 4,555 regular-season plate appearances. He also posted a .338/.372/.473 career postseason batting line in 78 plate appearances and played every defensive position -- including pitcher -- except catcher.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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