The first big splash of the MLB offseason belongs to Sandy Alderson and the New York Mets. On Monday the Mets inked star outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a two-year deal. Cuddyer was considered one of the best bats available this winter and we are barely through November and the Mets have already taken him off the market. The deal is worth 8.5 million in 2015 and 12.5 million in 2016, which can be considered a steal.
Cuddyer gor $21M for 2 years from #mets
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 10, 2014
A very aggressive move by General Manager Sandy Alderson, who shows a strong implication that the Mets are switching gears to a winning mentality in 2015. With the signing, the Mets are forced to give up their 2015 first round pick to Colorado which will be the 15th pick in this years upcoming draft. The 35-year-old utility man can play infield and outfield by will likely be placed in right field next year in Queens. In 49 games with the Rockies last season, Cuddyer hit a career best .332 even though he only played in 49 games. The Mets outfield is set with Cuddyer in left, recent gold glove winner Juan Lagares in center, and Curtis Granderson in right.
This is the second big move the Mets have made this offseason, the first being the signing of hitting coach Kevin Long who had a very successful tenure in pinstripes. With a solid pitching staff and now a deep outfield, the Mets seem to be in the drivers seat to contend in 2015. The Mets have also been in talks about adding a shortstop and Alexei Ramirez of the Chicago White Sox could definitely fit the Mets needs via a trade.