Mets sign Michael Cuddyer to two-year contract
The Mets have signed outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a two-year contract.
On the first day of the GM meetings, we have our first big signing of the off-season. The Mets have signed outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a two-year contract, the team announced. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports the deal is worth $21 million total.
"Michael is a tremendous addition to the middle of our lineup," GM Sandy Alderson said in a statement. "He is a proven offensive threat who also brings versatility in the field with the ability to play multiple positions."
Because the Rockies made Cuddyer the $15.3 million qualifying offer before last Monday's deadline, they will receive a supplemental first round pick as compensation for losing him. The Mets will forfeit their first-round pick (15th overall) as a result of the signing.
Cuddyer, 35, hit .332/.376/.579 (149 OPS+) with 10 home runs in 49 games last season while battling shoulder and hamstring problems. He hit .331/.389/.530 (136 OPS+) with 20 home runs in 2013. During his three years in Colorado, Cuddyer hit .329/.393/.591 at Coors Field and a still solid .286/.332/.463 on the road.
Cuddyer is very close with fellow Virginia native David Wright -- Wright picked Cuddyer for the 2013 Home Run Derby at Citi Field for that reason -- and that relationship may have contributed to the signing. Cuddyer figures to play right field with Curtis Granderson in left and Juan Lagares in center. He could also back up Lucas Duda at first base.
The Mets have tremendous rotation depth led by youngsters Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler, so adding offense this winter was a top priority. The outfield and shortstop were two obvious areas to upgrade. Adding a legitimate shortstop (Jed Lowrie? Asdrubal Cabrera?) and getting a full year of healthy Harvey just might push the Mets into NL wild-card contention.
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