Josh Willingham seems to be a slugger who wants a challenge. He spent last season with Oakland playing in a home park notorious for being a tough place to hit home runs.

It was his sixth full season in the big leagues, and he finished with career highs of 29 home runs and 98 RBI.

He became a free agent, and the A's made no attempt to bring him back. The Twins went after him as a replacement for Michael Cuddyer. What were the other options for the 33-year-old outfielder?

Willingham mentioned Seattle, Cleveland and Cincinnati, and said the offers were "very similar'' to the three-year, $21 million deal that he signed with the Twins.

So, if you're a home run hitter and have a choice between spacious Target Field or Cincinnati's bandbox, you have to be a guy who wants some drama over the result when you put the fat part of the bat on a pitch to choose Minnesota.

The Reds' Todd Frazier hit a home run at Great American Park the other day even though the bat slipped out of his hands during the swing. There will be no such sissified swings resulting in walk-offs at Target Field, as Willingham demonstrated on Tuesday night.