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Cuddyer on leaving: 'It's bittersweet'

Michael Cuddyer says moving on from Minnesota to sign with the Rockies is "bittersweet." Cuddyer also says he and his agent didn't have any conversations with the Twins after they signed Josh Willingham, but he doesn't have any hard feelings towards the organization.
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Michael Cuddyer says moving on from Minnesota to sign with the Rockies is "bittersweet." Cuddyer also says he and his agent didn't have any conversations with the Twins after they signed Josh Willingham, but he doesn't have any hard feelings towards the organization.

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