Offseason Notes for December 16th

A shot, taken minutes ago, of Michael Cuddyer amidst his new surroundings.

Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Offseason Notes.

1. Headline: Cuddyer Signs with Rockies
2. FAN Projection Targets: Cuddyer, Ramirez, Willingham
3. Crowdsourcing Broadcasters: Colorado Television

Headline: Michael Cuddyer Signs with Rockies
Outfielder Michael Cuddyer has signed a three-year, $31.5 million deal with the Rockies, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

FanGraphs readers projected Cuddyer’s contract at a considerably lower three years and $24 million.

Figuring ca. $5 million per win, 5% inflation, and a 0.5 WAR decline each season, the Rockies appear to view Cuddyer as about a 2.5-win player in 2012.

We’ll have more coverage on Cuddyer in a bit.

FAN Projections: Cuddyer, Ramirez, Willingham
We’ve recently begun accepting entries for our 2012 FAN Projections. During the offseason, we’ll feature select players as “targets” for projection.

Today, we look at three recent free-agent signings: Michael Cuddyer, Aramis Ramirez, and Josh Willingham.

Literally within the last hour, Cuddyer has signed with the Colorado Rockies (Jon Heyman reporting). Per Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the deal is likely to be something around three years and $27 million. Cuddyer had his best season per WAR in 2011 as a 32-year-old, posting a 3.1 mark while hitting a 124 wRC+ (.312 BABIP).

Third baseman Aramis Ramirez finalized a three-year, $36 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, after rebounding from a poor 2010 to post a 3.6 WAR in 2011. As Jackie Moore noted earlier in the week, Ramirez, 33, will be a great relief to a third-base spot that was a vacuum for the Brewers in 2011.

Josh Willingham’s arrival in Minnesota — with whom the outfielder just signed a three-year, $21 million deal — made Cuddyer’s return unlikely. Brandon Warne considered yesterday how Willingham’s move from Oakland to Target Field might affect his numbers.

Click here to cast your 2012 projection ballot for these three recent signings.

Crowdsourcing Broadcasters: Colorado Television
This offseason, FanGraphs is asking readers to rate the broadcast teams for all 30 major-league clubs. (Click here for more on this project.)

Rate other teams: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago (AL) / Chicago (NL) / Cincinnati / Cleveland.

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