Friday, January 25, 2008

Twins Sign Morneau and Cuddyer to Contract Extensions

The Twins have wisely signed Justin Morneau to a reported 6 year $80 million dollar contract. Morneau is the Twins’ most valuable player, and the team’s only proven power hitting threat. His retention was imperative.

Michael Cuddyer was also signed to a contract extension. He reportly got $23 million over 3 years with a club option on a 4th year for another $12. Cuddyer is one of the friendliest, classiest Twins ever. He is also a key member of the team. I heard Ron Gardenhire say on KFAN radio that Cuddyer is the leading candidate for replacing Torii Hunter in center field. That means Delmon Young will take Cuddyer’s place in right.

With Johan Santana and Joe Nathan sagas still brewing, and trade rumor swirling around both, it was important for the Twins to make a statement about wanting to remain competitive. This is that statement.

Hopefully, the Santana situation will be resolved shortly. It will not be good to have this cloud hanging over the team’s head to start the season.

I am heading down to Twinsfest tonight. Twinsfest is the Twins community fund annual fundraising event. There are lots of things to do including getting player autographs. I will try and get Michael Cuddyer, Delmon Young, Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau’s autographs. I figured that most fans I meet tonight would be in bad moods, because of the Santana situation. However, this news should liven up fans mood.