The Rockies and free agent Michael Cuddyer have come to an agreement on a three-year deal, tweets Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
The deal has been rumored for awhile, with Cuddyer also linked to the Twins, Mariners, Phillies and Reds. The Twins had apparently offered $27 million over three years to keep him in Minnesota, but Colorado ponied up some extra cash to get their man, and he will earn $31.5 million over 3 seasons as a Rockie.
Cuddyer will provide the Rockies with a lot of roster flexibility, as he can play both corner outfield and infield positions and even second base in a pinch. He was an All Star in 2011, hitting .284 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI. Third base and left field could both be potential spots for him on Colorado’s depth chart.
This should end the Rockies’ pursuit of free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, as we learned earlier this week that Colorado wanted either Cuddyer or Beltran, and preferred Cuddyer.