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Updated: December 7th, 2011 6:20pm
Notebook: Is a resolution coming Thursday on Michael Cuddyer?

Notebook: Is a resolution coming Thursday on Michael Cuddyer?

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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DALLAS -- As Day 3 of the winter meetings winded down at the Hilton Anatole on Wednesday, the Minnesota Twins still had not received an answer from free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer regarding their offer -- reportedly worth $25 million over three years.

General manager Terry Ryan did not meet with Cuddyer's agent Casey Close on Wednesday, but "I didn't expect to," he said.

"We left it (Tuesday) that we know where each other stands."

It is believed that the Twins were the leaders in the clubhouse for Cuddyer as Wednesday evening rolled around, but that doesn't mean a team couldn't jump in at the last minute.

Delaying Cuddyer's decision is the fact that his wife gave birth to twin girls on Tuesday.

It's likely Thursday, the final day of the winter meetings, will bring resolution, but if it doesn't Ryan said the Twins do have contingency plans that would kick in at some point.

"They know where we stand, and in essence I think they would like to get something done here sooner rather than later as well. There is a point where everybody would like to have some finality to whether or not they're coming back here. ...

"I would say, without putting words in (Cuddyer's) mouth, I'm sure he'd like to have this thing come to a decision as well in the near future."

Ryan confirmed the Twins do currently have offers on the table to other players.

"Some of them have signed, some of them are still out, some of them have gone by the wayside," Ryan said.

"That's how it works. You make an offer. You don't just make an offer and a day later or 12 hours later you pull it. We don't' do business that way."

If Cuddyer accepts the Twins' offer, the team payroll would sit right around $100 million, depending on the salaries of the arbitration-eligible players. Indications are this would still allow the Twins to make another move or two, but the moves would be of the bargain-hunting variety.

No room for Kubel?

The Twins have been in touch with Kubel's camp this week, but the outfielder/DH has not received a ton of attention so far this offseason.

And it's likely he'll receive even less attention soon, because Ryan all but confirmed that the Twins only have room for Cuddyer or Kubel, not both. And right now, the focus is on Cuddyer.

Arbitration deadline looms

The deadline for free agents to accept arbitration is Wednesday at midnight. For the Twins, that includes Cuddyer and Kubel, although neither player is expected to accept the one-year arbitration offer as both players are hoping to sign multi-year deals somewhere.

If they reject arbitration, the Twins would gain draft-pick compensation should Cuddyer or Kubel sign with another team -- a first-round pick and a sandwich pick for Cuddyer, and a sandwich pick for Kubel.

Twins likely to select in Rule-5

The Twins are very likely to select a player with their No. 2 pick in Thursday's Rule-5 draft.

"We've got a pretty good idea of who we want," Ryan said.

He added, "Every year there's always a couple players that you have your sights set on. Last year we probably started out with about five that were in the running. Then it got down to about three. It's a legitimate way to acquire talent for a reasonable price."

The Twins have received phone calls from teams looking to make a deal for whoever they select with the No. 2 pick, but if the Twins choose to keep that player they must put him on the 25-man roster when the season begins.

The Twins selected left-hander Scott Diamond in last year's Rule-5 draft, but they were forced to trade right-hander Billy Bullock to the Atlanta Braves in order to start Diamond at Triple-A Rochester.

Other nuggets

• The Twins made the Matt Capps deal official on Wednesday morning -- a one-year contract reportedly worth $4.75 million with a $6 million team option for 2013.

• According to multiple reports, free agent left-hander Mark Buehrle agreed to a four-year, $58 million contract with the Florida Marlins on Wednesday afternoon. The Twins reportedly had interest this week, but $14.5 million was too steep, especially considering their continued interest in Cuddyer.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Matt Capps, Michael Cuddyer
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