On Monday, the New York Mets uncharacteristically got off to an early start in free agency by signing veteran outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a two year contract worth 21$ million. The 35 year old turned down a 15.3$ million qualifying offer from the Colorado Rockies earlier in the day.
Cuddyer is coming off of an injury plagued season, where he saw himself on the disabled list on three separate occasions. Despite playing in just 49 games, he accumulated 10 home runs, 31 RBIs and an impressive .332 average.
Cuddyer joins an outfield alongside Gold Glover Juan Lagares and fellow veteran Curtis Granderson. Lagaras will man the centre field, while Granderson will shift to left field and Cuddyer will play the right side.
If Cuddyer can stay healthy, this will prove to be a great signing for a Mets team who hasn’t made the playoffs since the 2006 season. Cuddyer fills the void in the outfield the Mets have been trying to add for years. Next up, Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson will look to find a veteran shortstop, most likely via trade.