- 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.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Transaction Reaction: Josh Willingham
The Twins agree to sign Josh Willingham to a three-year deal for $21 million.