MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins aren’t letting a 99-loss season push them toward rebuilding mode.

They’ve signed a couple of role-playing veteran free agents, brought back closer Matt Capps after a rough year and extended an offer to outfielder Michael Cuddyer.

Capps says he’s excited to return and prove he can pitch better than he did last season. He says he believes 2011 was an aberration and that the Twins will be contenders again even if Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau aren’t able to play a full schedule.

The Twins have made a strong push to retain Cuddyer, too, desiring his leadership, steady production and versatility.

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Comments (3)
  1. Oh Please says:

    OHMA GAWT! The TWINKS are really in it now!!!! Never mind that the Angels just signed Pujols and CJ Wilson! It’s THESE two moves that will have the Twins winnin it all in 2012?

    We’ve returned to the mid 90s folks, face it…maybe Marty Cordova’s available?

  2. Tom says:

    With Cuddy leaving for the mountains of Colorado the Twins won’t be back in the playoffs for many years. iI guess the 40 Mill he has already made and the 25 MIll he was offered that wasn’t enough to feed his family.

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