In a rather shocking move, the Mets announced Monday that they have signed Michael Cuddyer to a two-year contract. It is a surprise because the Rockies gave Cuddyer the qualifying offer, which means the Mets will have to give up their first round pick.
“Michael is a tremendous addition to the middle of our lineup,” Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said in a statement. “He is a proven offensive threat who also brings versatility in the field with the ability to play multiple positions.”
Does this mean the Mets will not be players for any of the impact outfield bats who might be available? Probably. This smacks of last off-season’s signing of Chris Young, where Alderson jumped too soon to sign a player.
Cuddyer is a decent player but he will not solve the Mets power problem. If this is Alderson’s big off-season move then it will be a long 2015.