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Michael Cuddyer | Outfielder

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (36) / 3/27/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Michael Cuddyer is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.
It's his first day of rest this season. Kirk Nieuwenhuis is in left field in Cuddyer's place. Wilmer Flores is also getting a breather, with Ruben Tejada handling shortstop. Apr 19 - 10:01 AM

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Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday that Michael Cuddyer will rest one game over the weekend.

The Mets want to ensure that Cuddyer remains healthy through the grind of the MLB season, so they'll give him plenty of rest as needed throughout the year. Make sure to check lineups where daily changes are allowed, as he'll sit on Sunday if he's in there on Saturday.
Apr 18 - 12:28 PM

Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Friday's win over the Marlins.

Cuddyer poked an opposite-field RBI single in the sixth inning, which proved to be the difference in the ballgame. The 36-year-old has been striking out an uncharacteristically high rate, but he's batting .317/.378/.488 through 11 games. He's going to produce as long as he's healthy.
Apr 17 - 10:28 PM

Michael Cuddyer (hand) is back in the Mets' lineup Wednesday.

Cuddyer had to leave Tuesday's game after being hit on the left hand by a pitch, but X-rays came back clean and he's back out there the next day. The Mets have made a couple changes to their lineup with David Wright (hamstring) out. Eric Campbell is at third base, while Travis d'Arnaud moves up to the No. 2 spot. Ruben Tejada is starting at shortstop over Wilmer Flores.

X-rays on Michael Cuddyer's left hand came back negative.

Good news for the Mets. Cuddyer had to leave Tuesday's game after being struck by a pitch, but he only has a contusion. Consider the veteran outfielder day-to-day.
Apr 14 - 8:24 PM

Michael Cuddyer exited Tuesday's game versus the Phillies after being hit on the left hand by a pitch.

It was a pretty quick decision to pull him, which is probably not a good sign. Teammate Wilmer Flores was hit in the hand by a pitch in the same inning but remained in the game. Cuddyer will be sent for X-rays, at which point an update on his status will be available.
Apr 14 - 7:54 PM

Michael Cuddyer walked and hit a two-run home run in five plate appearances in Sunday's victory over the Braves.

Cuddyer gave the Mets an early 2-0 lead with a first-inning two-run shot off of Alex Wood. The 2013 NL batting champ entered Sunday's action batting .200 with nine strikeouts in 21 plate appearances. If Cuddyer is anything, though, he's consistent. The move away from Coors Field won't help his numbers but can still be counted on for a batting average around .280 and 15-20 home runs if he can stay healthy.
Apr 12 - 4:19 PM

Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in the Mets' 5-4 win over the Cardinals on Friday.

The game featured a positive thrilling conclusion, with Kirk Nieuwenhuis throwing out C.J. McElroy at the plate to preserve the one-run lead. Well, at least it was about as thrilling as spring training gets. Cuddyer homered off the batter's eye in center, and he now has four homers in 27 at-bats this spring. Let's hope he saves some for the regular season.
Mar 20 - 4:19 PM

Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-3 with a homer Thursday in the Mets' 11-9 win over the Nationals.

Cuddyer entered the day 0-for-8 this spring. The homer was actually his first in exhibition play since 2013. Cuddyer played left field in this one, and it appears that the Mets will start him there regularly after initially intending to play him in right field.
Mar 12 - 6:17 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins indicated on Sunday that he's leaning towards playing Curtis Granderson in right field this season.

That would put Michael Cuddyer in left field -- a position where he's made only three starts at the major league level. The reason that he's played so little at the position is because he's deaf in his left ear, but that's apparently not a major concern for the Mets. The players will split time in right field this spring before Collins makes an official decision.
Mar 1 - 1:13 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Michael Cuddyer's new two-year contract with the Mets is worth $21 million.

Cuddyer turned down a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Rockies in order to sign with the Mets. Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears that the 35-year-old will make $8.5 million next season and $12.5 million in 2016.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 04:30:00 PM

Mets signed OF Michael Cuddyer to a two-year contract.

No word yet on the financials. Cuddyer rejected a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer to return to the Rockies, meaning the Mets had to surrender their first-round pick (15th overall) in the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft in order to get this deal done. That's a risk for a player in his late-30s -- Cuddyer turns 36 years old next March -- but the Mets obviously feel he's a great fit for their offensive needs. Cuddyer batted .307/.362/.525 during his three-year stay with Colorado.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 03:42:00 PM

Marc Carig of New York Newsday reports that the Mets are unlikely to have interest in the Rockies' Michael Cuddyer if he hits free agency.

The Rockies surprisingly extended a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer to Cuddyer on Monday, which means that teams would have to surrender a draft pick in order to sign him. The Mets have been rumored to have interest in the veteran outfielder, but the situation has understandably changed. Cuddyer may very well end up accepting the qualifying offer.
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 08:53:00 AM

Rockies extended a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer to OF Michael Cuddyer.

This is probably the most surprising of the qualifying offers thus far. There's a legitimate case to be made for Cuddyer to accept. The 35-year-old was limited to just 49 games this season due to injury, but he was very productive when healthy, batting .332 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI. He has a week to decide whether to accept or decline the qualifying offer.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 04:41:00 PM

According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mets have "concrete" interest in impending free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer.

Martino hears from "people familiar with the Mets' thinking" that the team would like to sign Cuddyer to a two-year deal this winter to provide power to their lineup and veteran presence to their clubhouse. The 35-year-old batted .332/.376/.579 in an injury-shortened 2014 for the Rockies. He posted a .919 OPS, 20 home runs, and 84 RBI across 130 games with Colorado in 2013.
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 01:06:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Kevin Plawecki
3Anthony Recker
1B1Lucas Duda
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Danny Muno
SS1Wilmer Flores
2Ruben Tejada
3B1David Wright
2Eric Campbell
LF1Michael Cuddyer
2Kirk Nieuwenhuis
3Cesar Puello
CF1Juan Lagares
RF1Curtis Granderson
2John Mayberry
Starting Pitcher
S1Matt Harvey
2Jacob deGrom
3Jon Niese
4Bartolo Colon
5Dillon Gee
6Zack Wheeler
Relief Pitcher
R1Jenrry Mejia
2Jeurys Familia
3Carlos Torres
4Vic Black
5Alex Torres
6Jerry Blevins
7Buddy Carlyle
8Sean Gilmartin
9Hansel Robles
10Erik Goeddel
11Bobby Parnell
12Josh Edgin