On Friday evening, New York Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer announced his retirement from the MLB at age 36. He had one year remaining on his two year deal which he signed back in 2014.
Last season with the Mets, Cuddyer hit .259 with ten home runs and 41 RBIs. He made multiple trips to the disabled list throughout the duration of the season. Cuddyer played a huge part in the clubhouse last season in New York. He was looked upon as a leader, and his presence in the clubhouse will be missed.
In 15 seasons in the MLB, Cuddyer accumulated a career .277 average with 197 home runs and 794 RBIs. He spent the majority of his career with the Minnesota Twins, where he hit a career high 32 home runs in 2009. Cuddyer then spent the next three seasons with the Colorado Rockies where he won a batting title in 2013.
With Cuddyer out of the picture, the Mets will now need to add an outfielder via free agency. With Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson the two for sure starters, New York will look to add a bat to start or compete with Juan Lagares. The Mets could elect to bring back Yoenis Cespedes or target free agents such as Denard Span, Dexter Fowler or Gerardo Parra.