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Michael Cuddyer: Colorado trade bait

Posted by: Howard Sinker under On the road Updated: October 2, 2012 - 9:11 AM

The Twins have lost 94 games, the Rockies have lost 97 despite signing former Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a three-year, $31.5 million contract last winter.

Limited to 101 games by injuries, Cuddyer had a Cuddyer-like season: Pretty good numbers, fan favorite, good clubhouse presence.

And the Denver Post is reporting that the Rockies would trade him if it would improve their dreadful pitching.

The money paragraphs from the Post's Troy E. Rench:

"The Rockies' problems are numerous — from their starting rotation, porous defense and inability to score consistently on the road. As such, they will entertain trade possibilities for multiple position players, including Dexter Fowler and Michael Cuddyer, according to opposing executives and scouts."

And this:

"Cuddyer has two years and $21 million left on his contract. He batted .260 with 16 home runs and 58 RBIs, a disappointing first season that was limited to 101 games because of a right oblique strain. He developed into a fan favorite because of his hustle and was a quiet force in the clubhouse. Teams like him — he had at least one other suitor that was willing to match the Rockies' three-year, $31.5 million contract last winter. Though his contract seems big, it might not after the Yankees' Nick Swisher signs as a free agent. Cuddyer could be a complementary piece on a contender and has experience playing in both leagues."

Read the entire story here.







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