According to major league sources, the Red Sox held preliminary discussions with the representatives for outfielder Michael Cuddyer earlier this week. The 32-year-old is one of a few free agents contacted by the Sox, who, according to a source, are attempting to determine the market for David Ortiz before committing to any potential acquisitions on the open market.
The Boston Herald has also reported that the Red Sox have called on Grady Sizemore as an other potential free agent outfield option.
While the Twins -- the only organization Cuddyer has known during his professional career -- have publicly stated that they hope to bring the right-handed hitter, the Phillies have also been aggressive in the pursuit of Cuddyer, spent Tuesday in Philadephia talking to Phils' general manager Ruben Amaro and other members of National League East champs.
Cuddyer played in 139 games in 2011 after totaling 157 and 153 games played in the previous two seasons, respectively. In '11 he hit .284 with 20 home runs with an .805 OPS. His best season came in '09 when he launched 32 homers while batting .276 with an .862 OPS. He played 77 games in the outfield last season, all of which were in right field.
It has been reported that Cuddyer, who made $10.5 million in '11, is looking for a three-year deal.
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