Thank You Mets! Cuddy signs 2-year deal with Mets

 

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SANDY ALDERSON THINKS HE HAS HIS DIFFERENCE MAN IN MICHAEL CUDDYER, THE ROCKIES HAVE BETTER PLAYERS IN COREY DICKERSON, CHARLIE BLACKMON AND DREW STUBBS, PLUS AN ADDITIONAL DRAFT PICK IN 2015. GUESS WHOSE HAPPIEST.

 

 

Last week I wrote a post that offered several different scenarios to explain why the Rockies extended the qualifying offer to Cuddy (and the one I listed #1 assumed he was heading to the AL, but the reasoning was I believe why the Mets did sign Cuddy). I then chickened out and put a reply to my own article that it was unexplainable. I did say in that post that the Rockies organization clearly had information that was not common know ledge among the fan base. Evidently GM Bridich did have info we didn’t have, that the Mets were going to go after Cuddy even if it did cost them a draft pick.

The terms of the deal have not been announced, but it had to be close to his last deal, 2 years at $10 mil/year. This will mean that Cuddy hits the free agent market again when it will be his age 38 season that teams will be paying for then, so this may well be the last deal for Cuddy, unless he is great with the Mets, despite the pitcher friendly park at Citi Field.  Perhaps after this deal Cuddy heads to coaching, as I am sure many teams would love to have him as a manager at some point (if Raul Ibanez is a finalist for a mangers job then Cuddy should be in 2 years).

Congrats to Cuddy, and good luck Mets (aside from when they play the Rockies). The Mets forfeit the #15 pick this year (and just as important, the bonus money from that slot). The Rockies will get a sandwich pick between the last of the 1st round and the first of the 2nd round. It will depend on who else rejects their qualifying offer and goes to Free Agency and is signed before the draft. The great news is that the Rockies now have $10 million freed up with the end of Cuddy’s deal as well as looking to have 3 of the top 45 or so picks in next year’s draft (it is too early to say if its a deep draft or not).

Well played Jeff Bridich. Those on ESPN and MLB who thought you had no plan and the Rockies were going backwards have to eat their words now…and so do I.

Bonus question – do the Rockies now hold onto Wilin Rosario as a backup catcher and first baseman so they can keep his bat? If not, who is the backup for Morneau at 1st?

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

As I stated in another thread, the Mets have said they are making Daniel Murphy, 2B, available by trade. Murphy becomes a free agent after the 2015 season. They are also said to be looking around for a shortstop. Murphy would be a perfect 2B addition to the club and if we like him sign him back with an extension offer. I suggested we give them Josh Rutledge for Dan Murphy, but as Bob K. says, it is rumored that… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
5 years ago

The Mets have good taste in outfield talent! Good luck Cuddy

Ryan
Ryan
5 years ago

They also have the 2nd pick of round 2, so it’s 4 picks in the top 50 or so.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Keith Laws reaction on Twitter: “Still on vacation but LOL Mets 1:56pm – 10 Nov 14” Ryan – the “much too early for an evaluation” evaluation of the 2015 amateur draft is that it is heavy in college pitchers. So 4 picks in the top 50 is a good thing. The fact that Cuddyer turned down the QO and signed immediately (none of the other 11 QO players appear anywhere close to signing) tells me the Bridman had an inside… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Yep, carp,there had to have been some understanding here between Bridich and the Mets. What was in it for the Mets? Well,hard to believe it, but maybe they thought that the bidding would actually go higher on Cuddy and the draft compensation thing would scare off other teams (allowing them to get a bargain). That’s all I got. This also shoots a bunch of holes in our “Tulo/Cargo must be on the way out” theory, since they now have enough… Read more »

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