Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Transaction Reaction: Josh Willingham

The Twins agree to sign Josh Willingham to a three-year deal for $21 million.

  • With both Kubel and Cuddyer as free agents, the Twins needed to add a corner outfielder with some thump, and Josh Willingham fits the bill.  He will never win an MVP, or even be the best player on a good team.  But $7 million a year seems like decent value.
  • Willingham displayed decent power last year (29 home runs/.477 slugging) in a ballpark that suppresses power numbers in Oakland.  He won't get a boost in going to Target Field, another power-suppressing park, but perhaps being in a better lineup will be beneficial.
  • What will be interesting will be to see how the dominoes fall from here.  This was an offseason with a number of "second-tier" corner outfielders--guys like Willingham, Kubel, Cuddyer, Beltran, Ludwick, and recently non-tendered Luke Scott, and Willingham is just the first of many to sign.

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