Twins Sign Morneau, Cuddyer

Minnesota makes sure young stars stay with $104 million in deals
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Jan 26, 2008 8:04 AM CST
Minnesota Twins' Michael Cuddyer singles off Chicago White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd and drives in two runs during the sixth inning of a baseball game in this Sept. 23, 2007 file photo in Minneapolis. The...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Don't write off the Minnesota Twins just yet—stars Justin Morneau and Michael Cuddyer are coming back for a combined $104 million, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "I think we are committed to keeping this core together," General Manager Bill Smith said. Morneau signed a 6-year, $80-million deal, while Cuddyer agreed to $24 million for 3 years.

The Twins off-season has been dominated by talk of players leaving: Torii Hunter already departed as a free agent and trade talks have been heavy about ace John Santana. First baseman Morneau was the American League MVP in 2006. Cuddyer may replace Hunter as the starting center fielder. Smith said the Twins are still hopeful to sign Santana to a long-term contract.