Cuddyer visits Phillies

Posted: November 09, 2011

Tuesday was a busy day for the Phillies. In addition to negotiating with free-agent closer Ryan Madson, they entertained Michael Cuddyer, the versatile free agent who has played his entire career in Minnesota.

Fox29 first reported Cuddyer's visit, which was confirmed by a baseball source.

Cuddyer, 32, hit .284 with 29 doubles, 20 home runs, and 70 RBIs for the Twins last season and is a career .272 hitter. He can fill in at a lot of positions, including first base.

After signing with the Phils on Friday, Jim Thome called Cuddyer one of the best teammates he has had.

The righthanded hitter would give the Phils a valuable bat against lefthanded pitching. He is a career .290 hitter against lefties and batted .311 against them last season.

Cuddyer is a Type A free agent, so the Phillies would lose their first-round draft pick if they signed him. He returned to his Virginia home without a deal.

- Bob Brookover

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