It seemed a decent idea at the time, but in the end Micheal Cuddyer gave the Mets more in retirement than anything he did on the field. Signed to a two-year deal to provide right-handed outfield pop, injuries sabotaged his first season with the Mets.
In announcing his retirement on an internet website, Cuddyer saves the Mets roughly $12.5 million. That’s not enough to bring back Yoenis Cespedes, but that, plus the roughly $56 million they won’t have to pay Ben Zobrist gives the Mets financial flexibility.
“With one year left on my contract, it is especially difficult to imagine not suiting up in a Mets uniform for one more year,” Cuddyer wrote. “But after 15 years, the toll on my body has finally caught up to me.”
How much of the $12.5 million the Mets will keep hasn’t been announced as there is a probability he will receive some as a buyout.
Cuddyer’s retirement leaves the Mets two outfield holes to fill: 1) a right-handed bat off the bench, and 2) the left-handed platoon for center fielder Juan Lagares.