General manager Sandy Alderson has mostly come up aces -- literally! -- in his reconstruction of the Mets, but one obvious miss was the signing of Michael Cuddyer, whose numbers predictably deflated with his removal from Coors Field last year. He wasn't any healthier at age 36, serving a DL stint for a bone bruise in his knee and missing other stretches with various bumps and bruises, and the Mets eventually stopped playing him against right-handed pitchers. Fortunately, he gave them a mulligan by opting retire rather than play at the final year of his contract. Unless he has a change of heart, his Fantasy value for 2016 is precisely nil.
Cuddyer (back) is retiring from baseball, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports. Rather than play out the final season of his two-year pact with New York, and possibly serving as more of a veteran presence than anything with Michael Conforto in left field, Cuddyer has decided to step away after 14 major-league seasons. Cuddyer played 117 games for the Mets in 2015, but battled a variety of injuries en route to a .259/.309/.391 slash line. The 36-year-old won a batting title in 2013 as a member of the Rockies and made two All-Star teams.
Cuddyer underwent surgery for a core muscle injury Thursday, Mike Vorkunov of NJ.com reports. There wasn't any indication during the season that Cuddyer was dealing with this issue, but everything appears to have gone smoothly with the surgery. He should be back in time for the start of spring training, though it's unclear what role he'll fill for the club next season.
Outfielder Michael Cuddyer is not in the Mets' lineup for Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday against the Dodgers, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports. Even with the left-handed Brett Anderson taking the hill for the Dodgers, Cuddyer will remain on the bench once again. Yoenis Cespedes will get the start in left field while Juan Lagares will take over in center.
Michael Cuddyer is not in the Mets' lineup for Game 2 of the NLDS Saturday against the Dodgers, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Cuddyer will be swapped out for Michael Conforto with the Mets taking on right-hander Zack Greinke on Saturday night. He could be back in action for the third game of the series with the Mets scheduled to face left-hander Brett Anderson.
Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer has returned tot he starting lineup for Monday's series opener against the Marlins. Cuddyer had not started a game since Sept. 1 due to left wrist tendinitis. But he was able to pinch hit a couple of times, including Sunday afternoon in Atlanta. With Curtis Granderson getting the night off, Cuddyer will be in right field and bat sixth on Monday.
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