The Latest – December 21, 2011 21 Dec 11

Here is the latest sports news: A pair of former Twins finalized their deals with new teams Tuesday. The Flames foiled the skidding Wild. The Wolves wrap up preseason play tonight.

Rockies Finalize Three-Year Deal With Cuddyer
(Denver, CO) — The Colorado Rockies have finalized a three-year contract with free-agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer [[ cuh-DYE-er ]]. The “Denver Post” reports the deal is worth $30-million. Cuddyer had spent his entire 11-year career with the Twins. He hit .284 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 2011, making his first All-Star team. The 32-year-old is a career .272 hitter with 141 homers.

D’backs Finalize Deal With Kubel
(Phoenix, AZ) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized a two-year contract with free-agent outfielder Jason Kubel [[ KOO-bull ]]. It includes an option for a third year. The 29-year-old hit .273 with 12 home runs and 58 RBI last season for the Twins. He was limited to 99 games by a foot injury. Kubel is a career .271 hitter with 104 homers in seven seasons, all with Minnesota.

Flames Foil Skidding Wild
(Calgary, Alberta) — Jarome Iginla’s goal in the second period was the difference as the Flames edged the skidding Wild, 2-1. Pierre-Marc Bouchard lit the lamp in the first for the Wild. Josh Harding made 28 saves in Minnesota’s fifth straight loss. The Wild will wrap up their brief two-game road trip against the Oilers in Edmonton at 8:00 p.m. tomorrow night.

Vikings Make Minor Moves
(Eden Prairie, MN) — The Vikings made some minor roster moves on Tuesday. The Vikes waived wide receiver Owen Spencer from the practice squad and signed guard Butch Lewis to the practice squad. The Vikings will be on the road to face the Redskins on Saturday.

Bucks Battle Wolves
(Milwaukee, WI) — The Timberwolves wrap up preseason play against the Bucks at the Bradley Center this evening. Minnesota opened the home-and-home exhibition set with a 117-96 win over the Bucks in Minnesota on Saturday. Tonight’s game tips off at 7:00 p.m.