As expected the Twins have signed free agent outfielder Josh Willingham to a 3 year $21M contract. Willingham passed his physical today which finalized the deal that had been agreed upon for a couple days now. Willingham will earn $7M in each of the next 3 seasons and has an escalator that could push his 2014 salary to $8M if he has 525 plate appearances in 2013. The Twins payroll now stands at about $96M. The Twins have said they would like to keep the payroll around $100M for 2012. As of now Willingham will play right field for the Twins with Span in center and Revere in left. Here is a look at the projected line-up as it stands right now.

1. CF — Denard Span (L)
2. SS — Jamey Carroll (R)
3. C — Joe Mauer (L)
4. 1B — Justin Morneau (L)
5. RF — Josh Willingham (R)
6. DH — Ryan Doumit (S)
7. 3B — Danny Valencia (R)
8. 2B — Alexi Casilla (S)
9. LF — Ben Revere (L)

Even though the Twins wanted to keep their payroll at about $100M for 2012 they still have not ruled out bringing back Cuddyer. According to Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune the Twins have continued to have open dialogue with Cuddyer and his agent and still have not pulled their 3 year $24M contract off the table as far as we know. The Rockies, Mariners and Phillies have also shown interest in Cuddyer thus far. Cuddyer and his agent have been quiet so it is anyone’s guess what they are thinking. If the Twins are able to pull off the move and sign Cuddyer as well this is what their projected line-up would look like.

1. CF — Denard Span (L)
2. SS — Jamey Carroll (R)
3. C — Joe Mauer (L)
4. 1B — Justin Morneau (L)
5. LF — Josh Willingham (R)
6. RF — Michael Cuddyer (R)
7. DH — Ryan Doumit (S)
8. 3B — Danny Valencia (R)
9. 2B — Alexi Casilla (S)

I personally would prefer if they kept Revere in the line-up in left field and spent that extra money on pitching, which is what they need the most on this team, but it’s also hard to argue with that line-up posted above. I expect in the next week or so we will find out what Cuddyer will decide.

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