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MLB Rumors 2011: Carlos Beltran Targeted By Rockies Along With Michael Cuddyer, According To Report

It's no secret the Colorado Rockies are looking to upgrade their situation in left field from incumbent starter Seth Smith, and now they are focusing in on getting either Carlos Beltran or Michael Cuddyer in the free agent market, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Here is what Heyman offered via Twitter:

#rockies are making a push for carlos beltran. they also made an offer to cuddyer. want 1 or the other. 14 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

#rockies goal is to sign either beltran or cuddyer. they offered cuddyer more than the $25M for 3 the #twins bid 6 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto


The 34-year old Beltran would seem to be an interesting option, as he hasn't seen much action in the free agent market so far and might come at a nice price. In 2011 he hit .300/.385/.525 for the New York Mets over 142 games.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Twins are the primary competition for Cuddyer, and now it appears the Rockies own the highest formal bid at this point. Cuddyer, who will turn 33 next year, has spent the last 11 seasons with the Minnesota Twins. He hit .284/.346/.459 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 2011.    

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