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Mets signing of Michael Cuddyer shows they’re serious about 2015

Sandy Alderson

The New York Mets took another step toward convincing everyone they’re serious about becoming contenders in 2015.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson didn’t waste time with the signing of the 35-year old free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer. The move was swift and aggressive, the compete opposite of what Mets fans have come to expect of Alderson in recent years.

One clear indication of how aggressive the Mets were in landing Cuddyer is what they were willing to concede for him. Cuddyer received a qualifying offer from his now-former team, the Colorado Rockies. That means any team signing him would have to forfeit a draft pick. The Mets normally are hesitant to make a move on players with that type of price tag. However, these are not normal times. The Mets will now lose the 15th overall pick in the 2015 draft as a result of securing Cuddyer to a two-year, $21 million contract.

The signing of Cuddyer shouldn’t be viewed as the cure to all of the Mets’ offensive problems.  He’ll be 36 in 2015, however it’s a step in the right direction. He’s a lifetime .279 hitter that will fit nicely in the middle of a lineup in desperate need of stability.

Cuddyer’s signing gives the Mets peace of mind in the outfield for 2015. Curtis Granderson will likely move from right to left field in order to accommodate Cuddyer. Gold Glove award winner Juan Lageras is projected to be the starting centerfielder. It should be noted that Cuddyer can also step in at first base as a fall back option for Lucas Duda, if needed.

Now the Mets can turn their attention towards the infield. There is rumored interest in Cuddyer’s former teammate, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

Alderson being able to pick up a quality bat without sacrificing any of the Mets young and talented starting pitchers was impressive. It also showed an awareness by a general manager that knows the time is now to take the next step toward becoming a playoff team again.

These are not the same old Mets, judging by how quickly Alderson moved on Cuddyer.  Let’s see what his next move will be.


Anthony Rushing is a contributing writer for, you can follow Anthony on Twitter @AnthonyRushing_


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