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Michael Cuddyer | Outfielder | #23

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (37) / 3/27/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1997 / Rd. 1 (9) / MIN
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Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Michael Cuddyer received a buyout in the range of $2-3 million from the Mets when he announced his retirement in November.
Cuddyer was owed $12.5 million for 2016 in the second year of a two-year, $21 million contract. The 36-year-old ultimately walked away from the great majority of the remaining contract and gave the Mets some additional payroll flexibility for their offseason. The assumption was that he received a buyout, but the details weren't known until now. Mar 2 - 8:34 AM

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Michael Cuddyer announced his retirement from professional baseball on Friday.

The Mets may have inadvertently let the cat out of the bag on Friday night when they briefly posted on their team transaction page that Cuddyer had retired. When asked in the wake of that, they answered with a simple "no comment" adding fuel to the fire that something could be in the works. The 36-year-old played for 15 seasons between the Twins, Rockies and Mets, slashing .277/.344/.461 with 197 home runs and 794 RBI. He was named to a pair of All-Star teams in 2001 and 2013.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 09:32:00 PM

Michael Cuddyer underwent core muscle surgery on Thursday.

The Mets haven't revealed a specific rehab schedule for the veteran, but Cuddyer shouldn't have any limitations in spring training. The 36-year-old had a terribly disappointing 2015 campaign, batting just .259/.309/.391 with 10 homers over 117 contests.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 05:51:00 PM

Michael Cuddyer is starting at first base for the Mets in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday.

He's filling in for the slumping Lucas Duda against tough opposing left-hander Jon Lester. Here's how the Mets will line up: Curtis Granderson RF, David Wright 3B, Daniel Murphy 2B, Yoenis Cespedes LF, Travis d'Arnaud C, Cuddyer 1B, Wilmer Flores SS, Juan Lagares CF, Matt Harvey P.
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 02:43:00 PM

Michael Cuddyer is not in the Mets' starting lineup for Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Saturday.

Cuddyer struggled mightily in left field during Game 1, though rookie Michael Conforto was always expected to start Game 2 against the right-hander Zack Greinke. There's a good chance we'll see Cuddyer enter the game as a pinch-hitter. The veteran went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Game 1.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 04:14:00 PM

Michael Cuddyer is expected to start in left field for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.

This is consistent with what Mets manager Terry Collins has been saying in recent days, as he doesn't want Michael Conforto in the lineup against left-hander Clayton Kershaw. Cuddyer is also expected to get the nod over Conforto in Game 3 against Brett Anderson.
Wed, Oct 7, 2015 11:05:00 AM

Making a rare start in right field on Sunday night, Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-3 with a double in a losing effort against the Yankees.

It was just the fourth game that the veteran outfielder has started during the month of September. With the two-hit effort, Cuddyer is now hitting .267/.320/.403 on the season with 10 homers and 38 RBI.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 11:56:00 PM

Michael Cuddyer (wrist) is back in the Mets' starting lineup Monday night against the Marlins.

It'll be his first start in nearly two weeks. Cuddyer is playing right field and batting sixth for the Mets in his return from a lingering right wrist issue.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 03:16:00 PM

Michael Cuddyer (wrist) was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning of Sunday's win over the Braves.

Cuddyer was serving as a pinch-hitter after missing yet another start with lingering discomfort in his right wrist. The veteran outfielder could be in the lineup Monday for the opening of a series against the Marlins.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 08:32:00 AM

Michael Cuddyer (wrist) will not return to the Mets' lineup on Friday as initially hoped.

The Braves had originally been planning to start lefty Manny Banuelos, but they're going with Matt Wisler instead so Cuddyer will come off the bench. It does appear that his ailing right wrist is playable at this point. He's missed over a week of action.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 09:15:00 AM

Michael Cuddyer (wrist) is expected to return to the Mets' starting lineup Friday versus the Braves.

Cuddyer got a cortisone shot in his ailing right wrist earlier this week and is beginning to show signs of improvement. The veteran outfielder hasn't appeared in a game for the National League East-leading Mets since last Wednesday. He's batting .262/.316/.401 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI in 101 games this season.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 04:07:00 PM

Michael Cuddyer rejoined the Mets on Tuesday after getting a cortisone shot in his ailing right wrist.

Cuddyer hasn't played in a week due to tendinitis in the wrist. He took some swings prior to Tuesday's game but isn't sure when he'll be available to play. With Lucas Duda back in action and the Mets set in the outfield, Cuddyer is looking at a minor role the rest of the way.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 09:29:00 AM

Michael Cuddyer is unavailable to play Friday due to a right wrist issue.

The injury has left Cuddyer unable to close his hand. It's unclear how long he might be sidelined, but it's poor time given that he's finally started to heat up at the plate.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 04:07:00 PM

Michael Cuddyer is out of the Mets' starting lineup on Monday night against the Phillies.

Cuddyer went 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored on Sunday afternoon against the Red Sox, but he'll be on the bench Monday versus Phillies righty Jerad Eickhoff. Michael Conforto is starting in left field.
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 03:12:00 PM

Michael Cuddyer's bat stayed hot, as he went 3-for-3 with three singles, a walk, and two runs scored to help the Mets top the Red Sox on Sunday.

Cuddyer led off the second inning with a single and later came around to score the first run of the ballgame. He walked and scored in the sixth, then added an RBI single in the seventh to break a 4-4 tie. Since returning from the disabled list, Cuddyer is batting .388 (19-for-49).
Sun, Aug 30, 2015 04:13:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Rene Rivera
1B1Lucas Duda
2James Loney
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
3B1David Wright
2Wilmer Flores
3Matt Reynolds
LF1Brandon Nimmo
2Alejandro De Aza
3Kelly Johnson
CF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Juan Lagares
RF1Curtis Granderson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jacob deGrom
2Matt Harvey
3Noah Syndergaard
4Steven Matz
5Bartolo Colon
6Zack Wheeler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Jim Henderson
4Jerry Blevins
5Hansel Robles
6Antonio Bastardo
7Erik Goeddel
8Sean Gilmartin
9Logan Verrett
10Jenrry Mejia