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.READ MORE: Body Parts Found In Northeast Minneapolis Prompt Homicide Investigation
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.READ MORE: Consistent Heat, Drought Leads To Algae Overgrowth & Low Water Levels In Minnesota Lakes
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.MORE NEWS: Juneteenth Rises To Surface Of American History In Aftermath Of George Floyd's Murder
With Cuddyer’s arrival, Seth Smith could return to a reserve role or serve as trade bait.