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Michael Cuddyer Still An Option, Even After Josh Willingham Signing

Although the Minnesota Twins and Josh Willingham agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal on Thursday, the team has not ruled out re-signing longtime Twin Michael Cuddyer

There is growing hope within the Twins organization that they might be able to re-sign Michael Cuddyer, despite already signing free agent outfielder Josh Willingham to a three-year, $21 million deal.

"I would not rule out anything at this point, including Cuddyer," one Twins official said this morning in a text message.

Twins General Manager Terry Ryan has kept an open dialogue going with Cuddyer's agent, Casey Close.  To my knowledge, the Twins still haven't pulled their three-year, $24 million offer off the table.

The addition of Willingham probably won't boost Cuddyer's interest in returning to the Twins, but he may not receive a better offer elsewhere. The Rockies and Mariners are expected to be the other teams interested in signing the 32-year-old. Cuddyer has been with the Twins his entire career since being drafted by the club in 1997.

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