Colorado Confident in Cuddyer Offer

by Matthew on December 15, 2011

Troy Renck from the Denver Post reported Thursday night that the Colorado Rockies are confident that they’re offer of $27 million for free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer is close to a done deal.

The deal would ink Cuddyer for three years, and would be Colorado’s  first big-ticket free agent since signing pitchers Mike Hampton? and Denny Neagle? for a combined $175 million before the 2001 season. They haven’t exceeded $8 million on a free agent since, resigning Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez.

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However, Cuddyer is still weighing interest from Philadelphia and Seattle, but Colorado is considered a strong favorite to get the veteran leader who would bring some much-needed  defensive versatility and playoff experience to the Rockies who are looking to deepen their  lineup.

Cuddyer would fill the Rockies’ need as a right-handed bat to hit fifth in the order, and would likely play primarily in left field, but is capable of filling in at first and third.

Several Rockies players have talked to Cuddyer, hoping to convince him to make the switch to the NL.

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