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Minnesota Twins Offseason News: Philadelphia Phillies Pursuing Michael Cuddyer

After signing Jim Thome, bringing him back to Philadelphia, the Phillies are also looking to bring aboard one of Thome's former teammates with the Twins

According to sources, the Phillies are in serious pursuit of free-agent Michael Cuddyer, who has spent his entire career with the Twins. Cuddyer is a right-handed hitter, who has averaged 22 homers and 82 RBIs the last three seasons. He is also versatile and can play both corner outfield spots as well as first base and third base.

Cuddyer could play first base in Philly for the injured Ryan Howard or left field, if the Phils decide to move John Mayberry Jr. to first instead. Cuddyer's powerful bat, consistency, and versatility makes him a valuable asset to have.

And the Twins know this, but they may not be willing to pay Cuddyer, who will be a hot commodity this offseason and could receive a nice payday. The Twins are currently stewing over it, but the early indications are that they will be reluctant to dig into their pockets. 

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