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2011 MLB Hot Stove: Josh Willingham Signs With Minnesota Twins, According To Report

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms with free agent outfielder Josh Willingham, pending the completion of a physical. There were reports that the Colorado Rockies had some interest in Willingham, mainly as a backup plan should the team be unable to sign Michael Cuddyer. The Twins also were/are in the running for Cuddyer, so this may help Colorado land him. The Denver Post's Troy Renck offered an update following the Willingham news:

Just talked to Rockies' officials. Not sure how much Willingham signing helps them w Cuddyer. They are waiting to hear back vs. [sic] Cuddyer.

Renck does not believe the Twins will sign Cuddyer in addition to Willingham, and he expects the Rockies would likely need to offer a three-year deal in the $25-$27 million range to land Cuddyer.

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