Mets make first move of winter, sign Michael Cuddyer

Posted: November 10, 2014 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman images

Shockingly the Mets have made the first move of the MLB offseason by signing outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a two-year contract. The numbers on the deal are not yet known but it is expected to be around $25 million. The Mets will forfeit the 15th pick in the 2015 draft to sign Cuddyer.

This is a desperate move by the Mets. Sandy Alderson quickly established this offseason that Cuddyer was his number one outfield target on the free agent market (in their price range) but Cuddyer is 35 years old and played in just 49 games in 2014.

The Mets moved quickly because they had no interest in getting into a bidding war on Cuddyer who had drawn a lot of interest around the league, mainly from American League teams that could use Cuddyer as a full time DH in the second year of the contract.

Cuddyer has played in big ballparks before in Coors Field and Target Field, but Coors Field did help Cuddyer win a NL batting title in 2013. Cuddyer will likely play right field for the Mets which would move Curtis Granderson to left field. Cuddyer has played 897 games in right field in his career but has started just three in left field.

Citi Field is difficult to play for newcomers so it makes sense to put the outfielder in right where he is most comfortable. Cuddyer is a very poor outfielder but could also play first base for the Mets against left-handers.

If Cuddyer is healthy than the Mets are getting a bat at fair market value, but he is turning 36 in March. The Mets were desperate for a bat with power and Cuddyer’s ten homers last season in just 190 at bats. Another appealing aspect of signing Cuddyer is for a power bat, he doesn’t strike out much.

The Mets clearly believe they are contenders with this move but they are now likely at their budget and will have to move Daniel Murphy and or a starting pitcher to add another bat such as a shortstop.

Did the Mets make the right move signing Cuddyer or is this a panic pick?

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – Hopefully Cuddyer can give the Mets 2 good years and hopefully Wright & Granderson can do the same while he is here. That said, the three of them playing up to their MLB capabilities plus Harvey’ return and the back end of the BP set the Mets can win 90 or more games. It will be interesting to see what Atlanta does in the off season to counter the Mets. The Phillies might pull a surprise or two as well. This should be an interesting off season for the NL east. Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Mike it is crucial that the Granderson, Wright and Cuddyer all stay healthy for the Mets. Giving up this draft pick is a bigger gamble than people have let on.

      Atlanta may subtract before they add and that could start with Evan Gattis and soon. I have a feeling Philly has a long rebuild ahead of them. Thanks for the comment!

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