ARLINGTON -- Michael Cuddyer is fully aware that he's been the subject of
trade rumors this season, and that Sunday's non-waiver Trade Deadline is rapidly
But Cuddyer, who has been the club's best hitter while also playing
first base, second base, right field -- and even pitching a scoreless
inning in Monday's 20-6 loss -- is doing his best to block
the thoughts of being dealt before the Deadline.
"You try not to," said Cuddyer, when asked whether he thinks about the
various trade rumors. "It's funny. The only time you don't think about
it is when you're out there playing and competing, because you have a
job at hand and you want to get it done and go out there and win.
Your way of getting away from it is going out there and playing.
People would think you might think about it more out there, but it's
when you think about it less."
Cuddyer has been linked to the Angels, Giants, Red Sox,
Braves and Phillies in recent weeks, but the Twins seem more
likely to add a reliever at the Trade Deadline than deal a player like
Cuddyer. So although Cuddyer knows this is a big week for the Twins, he
said it's important not to lose focus.
"You can't really look at it as a whole week," he said. "I've
said it time and time again, but you have to just look at tonight. And
once tonight is over with, we worry about tomorrow. Once you start
looking at six, seven or 10 games in advance, you start getting