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Updated: December 6th, 2011 11:18am
Twins have offer on table for Cuddyer; reports say 3 years, $25 mil

Twins have offer on table for Cuddyer; reports say 3 years, $25 mil

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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DALLAS -- The Minnesota Twins have apparently stepped up their offer to re-sign outfielder Michael Cuddyer.

General manager Terry Ryan confirmed Tuesday that the Twins do have an offer on the table for Cuddyer, and the ball is currently in the right fielder's court. According to SI.com's Jon Heyman, the deal is worth $25 million over three years.

The Twins met with Cuddyer's agent, Casey Close, on Tuesday, and the meeting went well according to Ryan. Cuddyer was occupied Tuesday with the birth of twin daughters, Chloe and Madeline.

A major league source confirmed Monday that the Twins likely have enough money left in their offseason budget to sign one Cuddyer-like piece, financially. Beyond that, any other additions would be bargain-hunters.

By shipping Kevin Slowey to the Rockies for a player to be named, it's likely the Twins saved some money, as the right-hander is set to earn in the neighborhood of $3 million through arbitration.

Cuddyer isn't necessarily a roadblock for the Twins to continue on with their offseason blue print, but he's certainly a fork in the road. The Twins have been in contact with the agent for outfielder Josh Willingham as a potential backup option, and they've also reportedly shown interest in left-hander Mark Buehrle, who could command upwards of $14 million annually.

Ryan made it clear on Monday that the Twins are looking for pitching, but that Cuddyer remains perhaps the top priority.

"There's no deadline on this thing," Ryan said.

"We have to take our options just like he does. There are no guarantees in free agency."

The Twins have not set a deadline for Cuddyer to accept their offer.

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: Michael Cuddyer, Kevin Slowey
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