Free-agent outfielder Josh Willingham may have to wait until Michael Cuddyer signs a deal somewhere before getting to sign his own. Late on Saturday night, a Cleveland radio report had it that Willingham was down to four teams: the Colorado Rockies, Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, and Minnesota Twins, according to the Denver Post. Willingham's top two, the paper notes, were said to the Twins and Indians.
However, the Twins still have an offer out to Cuddyer for three years and $25 million. And the Rockies have also gone after Cuddyer this offseason, the Post reports, but haven't spoken to his agent since the winter meetings.
"If Cuddyer stays in Minnesota," the Post reports, the Rockies will turn to Willingham. However, if the Twins sign Willingham, "it should increase the Rockies' chances of landing Cuddyer," the Post notes.
The 32-year-old Willingham hit .246 with two homers in 136 games last season for the Oakland Athletics. The 32-year-old Cuddyer made his first All-Star team last season, batting .284 with 20 homers for Twins. Fittingly, Cuddyer's wife just gave birth to twins.