Michael Cuddyer could be a Met next season

Posted: October 5, 2014 in Hot Stove, Opinion

By Steven Inman

Cuddyer participated in the 2013 State Farm Home Run Derby at Citi Field

Cuddyer participated in the 2013 State Farm Home Run Derby at Citi Field

The Mets will spend much of their offseason trying to find another outfield bat this winter. One name that hasn’t been discussed much here on BrokeMets is free agent Michael Cuddyer. The long time Twin put up great numbers for the Rockies over the past three seasons. Cuddyer has hit .330 or better in each of the last two seasons with Colorado. Cuddyer could make sense for the Mets on a number of levels. He could provide another bat to a lineup that is not very deep. He’ll even be in New York’s price range. There are few players in baseball with more respect as a leader than Cuddyer. The two-time All Star has also been very good friends with Met captain David Wright since childhood.

Cuddyer just finished a 3 year contract worth $31.5 million with the Rockies.

Cuddyer played very well in a pitcher friendly ballpark in Minnesota before leaving as a free agent after the 2011 season. Cuddyer enjoyed one of his All-Star seasons at Target Field in 2011.

There are also many reasons why the Mets should not sign Cuddyer. For one, and perhaps most importantly the outfielder will be 36 before Opening Day last year. He is probably looking for multiple years on a contract. He just couldn’t stay healthy last season, having only played in 49 games. Cuddyer doesn’t really have the power that will translate to Citi Field at this stage of his career. The Mets need to add 25-30 homers to their lineup next season somehow.

The Coors Field effect definitely skewed Cuddyer’s numbers. The outfielder hit .400 with six homers in 20 games at home last year, compared to .282 with 4 homers on the road in 29 games. Cuddyer hit .356 at Coors Field during his 2013 All-Star campaign.

Cuddyer can still swing the bat and his leadership would be much needed on a young team like the Mets but he can’t be the Mets only offensive addition this winter. Definitively a player to keep an eye on this winter.

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