DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies and free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer have agreed to a three-year deal worth about $30 million.

CBS Sports and the Denver Post first reported the deal Friday morning.

The former Minnesota Twins star is the first big-time free agent the Rockies have signed since 2000, when they brought in pitchers Mike Hampton and Denny Neagle for a combined $172 million.

Cuddyer, who hit .284 with 20 home runs and 70 RBIs last season, also was pursued by the Philadelphia Phillies and Seattle Mariners.

Cuddyer brings a big bat and a veteran presence to Colorado, where general manager Dan O’Dowd has talked about changing the clubhouse culture after a disappointing 2011 season.

With Cuddyer’s arrival, Seth Smith could return to a reserve role or serve as trade bait.

Comments (9)
  1. The Crux of the Buscuit says:

    Good for you Mikey. It’l make for a nice retirement, just ask Herby…..

  2. Deep Thinker says:

    Good for Cuddy, the only class act at Target Field this long summer.

  3. A real fan says:

    Cuddy you appeared to be a class act. A true Twin. I enjoyed the way you played and the way you interviewed. So sorry it ended this way. Too bad you couldn’t live up to the act you presented to the fans. Like all the rest, it’s all about the money and the glory. So now, you were a Twin. So bag up your money, but don’t tell us how much you loved being a Twin’s player and how much you wanted to continue to be one. You got a good offer from the Twins. You could have been one for over $20 million for the next 3 years. But that wasn’t enough. Good bye.

    1. The Crux of the Buscuit says:

      I wouldn’t feel sorry for the way it ended up, he got a nice deal, 30,000,000 ain’t chump change.

  4. j speedbag 64 says:

    terry must have a plan……………go twins

  5. StraycatStrut says:

    Sorry to see Cuddy leave. Wish him the BEST as he was a really good player for a long time in MN. Seems the Twins are cleaning house for some reason. Do they have anyone on their roster anymore?

  6. Reagan says:

    Now who will play everygame of the season? Obviously we can’t count on the winers. ie. Mauer, Moureau????

  7. Darren says:

    Its all about the money, its not about the sport, its not about winning the World Series. Its greed, plain and simple with all of these pro athletes.

    In my opinion when you are drafted by a team, that is the team you are on for the rest of your career, so then you better work your butt off for more money and to win the World Series.

    And thus the reason why I refuse to go to a pro sports team game. They don’t care about the fan, they don’t care about the team, they care about themselves.

    Greed. And most people want their kids to look up to these players. What a joke.

  8. Scott Jorgenson says:

    who cares over paid just like half of these ball players are.spend 30 million on one person wow no wonder why none of these baseball players and football players cant afford a new stadium.i would rather wather watch games on tv rather than in person who can afford to go.they should put a cap on baseball players.look what happened to joe mauer.what a joke.the twins will never see a nother world series.president of the united statas dont even make that kind of loot.

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