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Updated: August 27th, 2013 3:34pm
Twins are willing to spend big to acquire Cuban SS Alexander Guerrero

Twins are willing to spend big to acquire Cuban SS Alexander Guerrero

by Darren Wolfson
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The richest contract the Minnesota Twins have ever given to an outside free agent was 3-years, $21 million to outfielder Josh Willingham.

Sources continue to indicate that they are willing to come close, or even exceed that financial commitment with Cuban shortstop Alexander Guerrero.

But the word this week is that at least one other team is in deeper than the Twins. 1500ESPN reported last week that the Twins were a finalist along with the Dodgers, Braves, Red Sox, and possibly the Reds.

Guerrero, 26, has already defected from Cuba and is in the United States. He is waiting for the U.S. government to unblock him so he can pursue a professional contract.

The Twins plan on monitoring Cuban free agent slugger/first baseman Jose Abreu. But a source says he's "overrated," likely meaning he'll get his big-time money elsewhere. He's expected to sign a contract for greater than the seven-year, $42-million deal the Dodgers gave Cuban Yasiel Puig.

Abreu, 26, played in all six games for Cuba in the World Baseball Classic in March, hitting .383 with three home runs and nine RBIs. He recently defected from Cuba and reportedly is in Haiti or the Dominican Republic.

Darren "Doogie" Wolfson is the jack-of-all-trades sports guy for 5 Eyewitness News and a contributor to
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