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Pirates Trade Rumors: Michael Cuddyer Staying Put in Minneapolis

The Minnesota Twins will be hanging on to slugger Michael Cuddyer no matter what happens this season according to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The Twins have no plans to trade Michael Cuddyer this season even if they fall from contention, a team official said Friday, adding that an effort will be made to re-sign Cuddyer this fall.

Cuddyer, 32, will be eligible for free agency this fall after making $10.5 million this season. The Braves, Phillies and Giants are among the teams who’ve had scouts see Cuddyer in recent weeks, as he’s helped the Twins climb back into the race.

A lot of Pirates fans were hoping to acquire Cuddyer, who is hitting .292 with 13 HR and 43 RBI, to solve the team’s woes at first base. Now the team will have to turn its sights to other options at first base such as Carlos Pena and Derrek Lee to name a few.

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