The Minnesota Twins struck first. Michael Cuddyer has been deciding between going back to the Twins or signing with another team -- the most likely team is thought to be the Colorado Rockies. Rather than miss out, the Twins decided to go ahead and sign another power-hitting outfielder in Josh Willingham. With the signing, expect Cuddyer to head West.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN agrees this is likely when he writes, "Willingham's decision to sign with Minnesota will probably spell the end for incumbent outfielders Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel in Minnesota. The Twins selected Cuddyer in the first round of the 1997 first-year player draft, and he has spent his entire 10-year MLB career in a Minnesota uniform."
Crasnick also explains, "Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Colorado and Boston are among the other clubs that expressed interest in Willingham during the free agent process."
Willingham hit 29 home runs last season for the Oakland Athletics.