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Cuddyer is perfect fit for Rockies

Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:03 am
Edited on: December 16, 2011 12:23 pm
Michael Cuddyer, who has agreed to a $31.5-million, three-year deal with the Rockies, was the team’s top target this winter for obvious reasons. He is the righthanded hitter they seek. He is also the great clubhouse presence they love.

He is also similar in many ways to Michael Young, the one who got away.

The Rockies thought they had agreement before the 2011 season that would have sent Eric Young and another young (lower case) player to Texas for Michael Young. But when Michael Young told the Rangers he’d like to stay, the Rangers asked out of the deal, and the Rockies very nicely obliged with the stipulation that they’d have first crack at Young if he should go back onto the market.

Cuddyer, like Young, is a excellent righthanded hitter who’s versatile and great in the clubhouse. He isn’t quite as good a hitter as Young, but he fills the bill, nonetheless.

It also helps set the Rockies up for the rest of the winter. Cuddyer’s deal marks the end of Colorado’s pursuit of Carlos Beltran who is said to be talking to the Cardinals, Blue Jays and one other team.

They still seek a starting pitcher and have shown interest in Hiroki Kuroda and Joe Saunders. They also had made an early offer to Kevin Milwood.

Cuddyer, a longtime Twin, had received three-year offers from the Twins and Phillies and possibly also the Mariners.

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Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:46 pm

Cuddyer is perfect fit for Rockies

Its all very well signing hotters and taking risks but Rockies have issues with pitching that needs dealing with before any other department.

Kuroda is an option but looking overseas at Japan or Europe (notably Holland) could be where they find the pitching their looking for if they don't want to give big money contracts out. JoeSaunders may be a pitcher but at the back end, maybe a better option could be Scott Kazmir

Since: Oct 26, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:52 am

Cuddyer is perfect fit for Rockies

Yay! they finally made a deal that will improve the team. This wasn't one of the many little fringe deals or the dumping salary deals- this one was actually to get a player, Cuddyer, that will improve the team. Unbelievable. Now please work on getting a front end of the rotation starter, pleeeeaaaase!

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