Signing Cuddyer would push payroll close to $100-million

The Star Tribune put together a Twins' payroll tracker and estimates that the current 25-man roster creates a payroll of about $87-million. Signing Michael Cuddyer would increase that number to around $100-million. How much more would the team be willing to spend?
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The Star Tribune put together a Twins' payroll tracker and estimates that the current 25-man roster creates a payroll of about $87-million. Signing Michael Cuddyer would increase that number to around $100-million. How much more would the team be willing to spend?

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