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Michael Cuddyer is calling it quits after 15 great seasons in the MLB with a career batting average of .277, 197 home runs, 794 runs batted in, and a total of 1,522 hits. He played for the Minnesota Twins, Colorado Rockies, and the New York Mets.
With this news coming out of no where and shocking a lot of Mets and baseball fans, it can potentially be a good thing for the Mets since he had one more year left on his contract worth around $12 million. He was the bat that the lineup needed last offseason when Sandy Alderson signed him, even though he didn't have his best year. With this news, it gives the Mets more cap space to potentially sign an outfielder or use it for help in the bullpen.
According to ESPN, Cuddyer underwent surgery on Thursday to repair a core muscle injury. He is expected to make full recovery by next season.
Cuddyer had a disappointing season with the Mets. He hit .259 with 10 homers and 41 RBIs. His upside will be limited next year with the presence of Michael Conforto, Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda.
Cuddyer had a platoon advantage in the series opener with the Dodgers, but he faced one of the best pitchers in Clayton Kershaw. He finished 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
Cuddyer will continue to get at-bats because he has a .273 batting average against left-handed pitchers. Overall, he's been a disappointment in his first year with the Mets. He has a .259 batting average with only 10 homeruns for the year.
Taking advantage of the platoon advantage, Cuddyer went 1-for-4 with two RBIs in Great American Ball Park.
The Mets like to tweak their lineups with right handed hitters against southpaws. This situation usually means Cuddyer will get a start. He has been productive against lefties, batting .281 overall for the year. He should still see at-bats against lefties in the playoffs.
With lefty Sabathia on the mound, Cuddyer got the start and finished 2-for-3.
The Mets like to employ right handers in their lineup, when facing lefty pitchers. Although Cuddyer has struggled in his first year in Queens, he has a respectable .280 average against lefties. He's worth a look in platoon situations, as he should have a low price in DFS.