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Josh Willingham Passes Physical, Joins Minnesota Twins for 3 Years, $21 Million


The Minnesota Twins have finalized their contract with free agent Josh Willingham, signing him to a three-year, $21 million deal on Thursday.

This plugs a nice gaping hole in the Twins outfield since they made the unbelievably brilliant move of trading Delmon Young to the Detroit Tigers last season. Furthermore, Michael Cuddyer can't make up his mind on whether to stay or go, so the team decided to take action.

Man, he looks serious in that photo. It's nice to see Willingham preparing himself for another sub-.500 season with another craptastic ball club.

The 32-year-old outfielder is expected to add some power to the middle of the lineup after batting .246 with a career-high 29 homers and 98 RBI for the Oakland Athletics last season. Ah, contract years.

Willingham is more or less the exact same player as Cuddyer, who the Twins can pretty much kiss goodbye after this signing... This is a shame for Twins fans and mildly exciting for whichever team's faithful get to cheer on his dimples next season. Adorable.

Also, Josh Willingham is damn sexy, so there's that.

[ESPN]

1 comment:

Megs said...

You're absolutely correct in saying he's pretty much exactly like Michael Cuddyer, it would be nice to keep them both but Willingham is better than not replacing him at all. Plus, even though Delmon played well in the postseason, he sucked with Minnesota and the Twins are better off without his attitude.

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