(DENVER) — The Colorado Rockies welcomed outfielder Michael Cuddyer to the Mile High City Tuesday. The one-time All-Star agreed to a three-year deal with the Rockies, worth $31.5 million.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here, and to be part of the Colorado Rockies family,” Cuddyer said at a news conference Tuesday. “I say family and I used that term and I mean it, because it’s more than an organization here.”
The 32-year-old Cuddyer was originally drafted by Minnesota with the ninth overall pick in the 1997 MLB Draft. He spent his entire 11-year career with the Twins, where he batted .272 with 141 home runs and 580 RBIs.
Cuddyer will give Rockies manager Jim Tracy flexibility in the field. The native of Norfolk, Virginia, has experience playing first, second and third base, as well as all three outfield positions.
Cuddyer will wear number three with the Rockies as a tribute to Hall of Fame Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew, who passed away in May.
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