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Twin Agree To Deal With OF Willingham

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms with outfielder Josh Willingham.

Willingham has agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract with the Twins, according to the team.

Willingham played last season for the Oakland Athletics, hitting a career-high 29 home runs with a career-best 98 RBIs. He is the same age as fellow free agent, Michael Cuddyer at 32.

Willingham started his career with the Florida Marlins and moved on to the Washington Nationals. He’s a .262 career hitter, but he’s hit 21-plus homers in four of his six full major league seasons. Willingham has played mostly left field, with a little bit of time in right.

The Twins were looking for more power from the right side of the plate after trading Delmon Young to the Tigers last season. Willingham has topped 20 homers four times in six full major league seasons.

His signing could mean the end of Michael Cuddyer’s run in Minnesota. Twins GM Terry Ryan said this week that the team has not ruled out Cuddyer’s return.

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