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23 Michael Cuddyer RF
Height/Weight: 6-2/221 | Birthdate: 3/27/1979 | Birthplace: Norfolk, VA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: No College | MLB Experience: 14 | Salary: $10,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 74/44 | Average Draft Position: 165.82
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Cuddyer would have taken Rockies offer, if Mets deal wasn't available


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) New Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer assured Tuesday the injuries that limited him to 49 games in 2014 with the Rockies are no longer an issue.

"I feel outstanding," the 35-year-old Cuddyer said. "The last month of the season I was at full strength. None of my injuries are chronic injuries."

Cuddyer also told reporters Tuesday that if the Mets deal didn't come together Monday, then he would have accepted the Rockies' one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer. Cuddyer instead signed a two-year, $21 million deal with the Mets.


Mets targeted Cuddyer since they feel ready to compete in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) Although the Mets lost their 2015 first-round pick as a result of signing veteran Michael Cuddyer, who was given a qualifying offer by the Rockies last week, they feel it was worth it since Cuddyer could be a piece the team needs to be competitive next season.

"Certainly we value our draft picks and would like to hold on to them, but at the same time we're looking to win," Mets assistant general manager John Ricco, per NJ.com. "We decided in this case the value of Michael Cuddyer was worth it.

"We're looking to turn the corner here and compete in 2015. I think this is a message that we're going to be aggressive right out of the docks. We had a guy we liked and we went out and got him."

The Mets signed Cuddyer for his versatility to play in the outfield and first base. They also view him as protection in the lineup for third baseman David Wright.

"He is a proven offensive threat who also brings versatility in the field with the ability to play multiple positions," general manager Sandy Alderson said.


Move to Citi Field doesn't bode well for Michael Cuddyer


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/10/2014) Because injuries decimated Michael Cuddyer's final season with the Rockies, his Fantasy value was already in question heading into 2015. Now that he has rejected the Rockies' qualifying offer and signed a two-year deal with the Mets, there is even more reason to shy away from Cuddyer as a potential keeper or on draft day.

It's never good news when a power hitter leaves Coors Field, but Citi Field isn't the pitcher's park it is reputed to be, and it will likely be even less so after the fences in right-center field are brought in this offseason. Since the Mets altered their stadium's dimensions three seasons ago, the park has played well for right-handed power hitters, but not to the degree that Coors Field has. Even more problematic for Cuddyer, Citi Field has been very tough on doubles hitters. Cuddyer hit 76 doubles as a Rockie, but only 33 of those were hit on the road.

Then there's the matter of Cuddyer's batting average. He followed up his National League-leading .331 average from 2013 with a .332 mark in 2014, but Cuddyer's high averages have been built in large part on high line drive rates. Citi Field has not been a great park for line drives, and it's certainly not Coors Field in this regard. Cuddyer could lose some singles as well as doubles in his new home park.

The Mets' addition of Cuddyer gives them a more powerful option to fill out their outfield than they would have had otherwise, but while he represents an upgrade for them, he's not necessarily going to be valuable for owners in standard mixed leagues. With a .300 batting average and 30-plus doubles now in question, Cuddyer is looking more like a late-round option than the mid-round pick he was earlier this year.


Mets sign Michael Cuddyer to two-year deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) The Mets announced Monday they signed veteran outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a two-year contract. Because the Rockies offered Cuddyer a qualifying offer, the Mets have forfeited their first-round pick (15th) in the 2015 MLB Draft.

The two-year deal is worth $21 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The 35-year-old Cuddyer appeared in just 49 games for Colorado in 2014 due to injury. Although, he did hit .332 with a .579 slugging percentage, .955 OPS, 10 home runs, 15 doubles and 31 RBI.


Qualifying offer may price Mets out of signing Michael Cuddyer


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) With the Rockies extending a $15.3 million qualifying offer to outfielder Michael Cuddyer, sources have indicated the surprise offer has the Mets looking at other options.

Any team that signs a player with a qualifying offer has to forfeit a draft pick, and the Mets have no interest in giving up their first-round pick in next year’s draft, a source told Newsday.

Cuddyer, 35, is coming off an injury-plagued 2014 season, where he played in only 49 games, but he still batted .332 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI.


Rockies extend qualifying offer to Michael Cuddyer


(11/3/2014) The Rockies announced Monday they've extended a $15.3 million qualifying offer to outfielder Michael Cuddyer .

While Cuddyer only played in 49 games because of injuries during the 2014 season, he still batted .332 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI.


Report: Mets targeting free agent OF Michael Cuddyer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) The Mets are quite interested in potential free agent Michael Cuddyer, according to the New York Daily News. They are contemplating a two-year deal for Cuddyer, who will be 36 years old when the 2015 regular season begins.

Cuddyer is coming off an injury-plagued year, but still batted .332 with 10 home runs in 49 games. However, he hit .400 with six homers and 23 RBI in hitter-friendly Coors Field and .282 with four home runs and eight RBI on the road. Citi Field is considered far more of a pitcher's park.


Michael Cuddyer slugs 10th home run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Rockies first baseman Michael Cuddyer went 1 for 4 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 8-3 win over the Diamondbacks Sunday.

Cuddyer has destroyed the Diamondbacks this weekend, going 7 for 14 at the plate and homering in each of his three games played. His big performance included seven RBI in Friday's win before getting Saturday off. Cuddyer has hit .333/.378/.602 with 10 home runs and 30 RBI in 171 at-bats.


Michael Cuddyer plates career-high seven runs vs. D-Backs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer only needed three hits to drive in a career-high seven runs Friday night at home against Arizona.

Cuddyer launched a grand slam off Eury De La Rosa in the sixth inning. He also doubled in three runs in the eight, to go along with a fifth-inning double. He finished 3 for 5 with three runs scored and seven RBI in a 15-3 victory. He is hitting .335/.378/.593 with nine homers and 29 RBI over 167 at-bats.

Hitters to start in Week 25


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Looking for a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 25 (Sept. 15-21)? Russell Martin, Steve Pearce, Jed Lowrie, Xander Bogaerts, Josh Rutledge and Michael Cuddyer might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Michael Cuddyer off DL, in lineup


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2014) The Rockies activated Michael Cuddyer from the 15-day DL and started him at first base Monday at the Mets. Cuddyer had missed the last two weeks with a strained hamstring -- an injury that cost him nearly two months earlier this season. He played in only three games between the two DL stints.

Michael Cuddyer expected back Tuesday


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/7/2014) The Denver Post reports that Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer is expected to return from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. He has not started a game since Aug. 17 and last played on Aug. 23, when he made a pinch-hit appearance against the Marlins. Cuddyer has been out with a hamstring injury.

Rockies activate Christian Bergman, send Michael Cuddyer to DL


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) The Rockies activated Sunday starter Christian Bergman from the 60-day disabled list Sunday and placed outfielder Michael Cuddyer on the 15-day disabled list.

Bergman returns to the team after missing just over two months with a fractured hand. Cuddyer has dealt with a hamstring injury over the past week.

The Rockies also transferred outfielder Carlos Gonzalez to the 60-day disabled list to clear a 40-man roster spot for Bergman.


Michael Cuddyer remains out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer is not in the staring lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins.

Cuddyer hasn't been in the starting lineup since returning from the disabled list last Sunday as he continues to deal with a hamstring issue. He did make a pinch-hit appearance Saturday and drew a walk.


Michael Cuddyer still sidelined Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer was not in the team's starting lineup Saturday.

Cuddyer is dealing with a hamstring injury. He hasn't been able to play since August 17 due to the issue. He's considered day-to-day. 


Michael Cuddyer still sidelined Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer is still out of the team's starting lineup Friday against the Marlins, as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury. He has not played since Sunday, but remains day to day moving forward. 

Michael Cuddyer misses another day Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer was not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Royals. 

Cuddyer also missed Tuesday's game with a hamstring injury. He's considered day-to-day. Cuddyer missed time recently due to a shoulder injury. He's hitting .331 over 130 at-bats.


Hamstring forces Michael Cuddyer out Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Just a few days back from the disabled list, Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with an injury, though it is not related to the shoulder issue that kept him out for more than two months.

Cuddyer was a late scratch from Tuesday's game against the Royals, due to left hamstring soreness. He is day to day moving forward.   


No reservations about starting Michael Cuddyer


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/18/2014) Michael Cuddyer returned from a six-week absence for a fractured shoulder Sunday and, after going a modest 1 for 5 in the first game of a doubleheader against the Reds, promptly hit for the cycle in the second.

Not only does that tell me he's ready to pick up where he left off, having batted .317 with an .866 in 231 games before the injury, but it also tells me the Rockies have no concerns about his durability coming off the DL. He started both games of a doubleheader, for crying out loud. What other 35-year-old does that?

Maybe saying to start him right away in Fantasy seems like a no-brainer given his overall line and what he did Sunday evening, but given how little he's done this season -- having missed a month earlier in the year with a strained hamstring -- some owners are leery of him.

Go back to the beginning of last season, though, and he's a .331 hitter with a .919 OPS. That pretty much says it all.


Michael Cuddyer notches second career cycle


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer notched his second career cycle in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Reds.

Cuddyer tripled in the first, homered in the sixth, singled in the seventh and lined a double in the eighth inning to complete the cycle. He finished 4 for 5 with three runs scored and three RBI in a 10-5 victory.

Cuddyer became the seventh player to record a cycle in franchise history. He finished with five hits in 10 at-bats at the end of the doubleheader. He is hitting .331 with six homers and 19 RBI in 130 at-bats.

Michael Cuddyer back from the disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer has been activated from the disabled list Saturday.

The move was expected, as the club announced Cuddyer would return. He's been sidelined since June 5 with a fractured shoulder. Cuddyer hit .317/.366/.500 over 120 at-bats prior to the injury.


Michael Cuddyer looking to return Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer should return to action Saturday, according to MLB.com.

Cuddyer has been working his way back from a fractured shoulder. He hasn't played since June 5 due to the injury. Cuddyer is still on a rehab assignment, but should be back soon if all goes well. "He's going to play today and tomorrow is going to be a travel day for him," manager Walt Weiss said. "If everything goes OK, he has a chance to be in the starting lineup for us on Saturday."


Michael Cuddyer feels 'real good' in ramping up recovery


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer has been sizzling since beginning his rehab stint, albeit with rookie-level Grand Junction. He is 5 for 7 with three doubles, three RBI and three runs scored in two games. Moreover, he reports that his shoulder feels fine.

"I feel good. I feel real good," he told the Denver Post. "I haven't had any issues with it. And I've taken every type of swing."

Cuddyer will play six or seven games at various minor league levels before rejoining the Rockies. He understands the need.

"I still need to get my legs and feet in baseball shape," he said. "I sat around in tennis shoes for three months, basically. So there's some general soreness in my legs again."

Cuddyer, who has been out of the Colorado lineup since June 5, will return with a typically impressive stat line of .317/.366/.500.


Michael Cuddyer goes 3 for 3 in rehab debut Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer kicked off his rehab assignment with rookie-level Grand Junction in style, going 3 for 3 with two doubles and three RBI.

Cuddyer is set to continue his rehab through the weekend and into next week, but Wednesday's three-hit game was an encouraging start. He's been out since June 5 while recovering from a fractured shoulder.


Michael Cuddyer to begin rehab assignment Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer is set to begin a rehab assignment with rookie-level Grand Junction Wednesday, the Denver Post reports.

"I feel good," Cuddyer said. "I have to get my legs and body in game shape. The at-bats, first and foremost. That's what I'm looking at. It's about getting in the box enough so that it doesn't feel foreign."

Cuddyer is scheduled to join Great Falls Friday before moving his rehab to Double-A Tulsa next Wednesday. He has been sidelined since breaking his shoulder on June 5.