Michael Cuddyer is currently in the final year of a 3-year $24M contract he signed with the Twins in January 2008 which also had a $10.5M option for this season that was picked up by the Twins. Leading up to the trade deadline he was a hot name in the rumor mill, but the Twins decided to keep him with the team to help make a push for a playoff spot. He currently leads the Twins with 18 home runs and appeared in his first All-Star game this season. His stock has probably never been higher and it is no surprise that the Twins would like to keep him in the coming years. Reports have now surfaced that the Twins offered a 2-year $16M extension to Cuddyer shortly after the trade deadline passed. That contract would clearly be a pay cut to the $10.5M he is making this season. Both sides have since agreed to hold off on more discussions. Like most players Cuddyer has shown he wants to focus on playing great baseball and save contract discussions for the offseason. He definitely wants to remain a Twin for years to come but he will also be a hot commodity on the free agent market. It’s logical that he would want to see what kind of money is out there for him and keep all his options available before he makes his final decision.