Mets sign Michael Cuddyer to two-year deal
The Mets announced on Monday that they have signed outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a two-year deal.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Cuddyer’s deal with the Mets is worth $21 million. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that Cuddyer will receive $8.5 million in 2015, and $12.5 million in 2016.
Cuddyer, 35, was extended a qualifying offer by the Rockies last Monday, but never accepted or declined. Instead, Sandy Alderson swooped in and signed him – surrendering New York’s first round pick (15th overall) in next June’s draft in the process.
In a statement, Alderson said “Michael is a tremendous addition to the middle of our lineup. He is a proven offensive threat who also brings versatility in the field with the ability to play multiple positions.”
Cuddyer missed nearly two thirds of the 2014 season due to hamstring and shoulder injuries, posting a .332/.376/.579 line when he did play.
When the Rockies placed a qualifying offer on Cuddyer, every report indicated that the Mets had crossed him off their list.
Not only did the Mets not cross him off their list, they totally jumped the market by pouncing on Cuddyer in total stealth fashion.
The Cuddyer signing should officially put an end to anyone ever believing they have any idea what Sandy Alderson will do.
It’s also important to note that Cuddyer, by taking a deal worth just $21 million over two years, came to the Mets for below market value.
Now, Cuddyer – who is 35, not a good defender, and dealt with injuries in 2014 – is not the answer. Frankly, I’m not sure I would’ve surrendered the draft pick if I was in Sandy Alderson’s place.
However, the Mets giving up a draft pick to sign Cuddyer – and doing it this early in the offseason – means that they picked their target and closed the deal. It’s a sign that they’re serious, and a sign that they’re ready to win in 2015.
Again, Cuddyer doesn’t fix all that ails the Mets, but he’s a very good hitter who will lengthen the lineup.
With Cuddyer now in the fold, the Mets’ outfield is set (hopefully with Cuddyer in right field and Curtis Granderson in left field). And the club has their platoon partner for Lucas Duda.
The Mets can now turn their attention toward obtaining a shortstop, with all of their chips still in their possession.