Twins free agents to test options

Twins Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, Joe Nathan and Matt Capps are up for grabs this off-season. Team General Manager Bill Smith says those players have earned the right to see what they can earn on the open market.
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Twins Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, Joe Nathan and Matt Capps are up for grabs this off-season. Team General Manager Bill Smith says those players have earned the right to see what they can earn on the open market.

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